2017 Dakar Rally in Photos

2017 Dakar 560x280The 38th running of the Dakar Rally concluded on Saturday after touring South America for the ninth successive year. The event started in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay on January 2, then ran through Bolivia and Argentina, before returning to Buenos Aires on January 14 after 12 stages and 5,457 miles of competition. Competitors and support crews come from around the world to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills. Each year the Big Picture blog from Boston.com posts a collection of gorgeous photos from the event, and this year we wanted to focus on the amazingly scenic setting with our favorite selections for the small gallery below. Please visit The Big Picture for their entire collection including captions for each photo.