The 2015 Dakar Rally

Leaving Buenos Aires on January 4, more than 500 competitors started the annual Dakar Rally: a two-week off-roading adventure through Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes—are currently on stage 9 of 13 between Iquique and Calama, Chile. Harsh conditions, including freezing temperatures and standing water on the Uyuni Salt Flats, have taken their toll on a number of vehicles already. Here is a look at Dakar 2015 in progress, as teams race back to Buenos Aires on ​January 17. [35 photos total]

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Rafal Sonik of Poland for Sonik Team YFM700R Raptor Yamaha competes during day 6 of the Dakar Rally between Antofaasta and Iquique on January 9, 2015 near Iquique, Chile. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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A detailed view of the interior of Zhou Yong of China and Andreas Schulz of Germany for Perfect China-Health 100-Yong Team and ALL4RACING Mini at the Tecnopoils on January 3, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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Yamaha rider Bruno da Costa of France greets spectators as he arrives for the symbolic start of the Dakar Rally 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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Robby Gordon and Johnny Campbell of the USA driving for Speed Energy Racing HST Hummer compete during day 1 of the Dakar Rally on January 4, 2015 between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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A muddy section of Stage 7 between Iquique, in Chile, and Uyuni, Bolivia, on January 10, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Hummer driver Robby Gordon and co-pilot Johnny Campbell both of the U.S. during the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2015 between the cities of Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina, on January 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Franck Fife) #
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Dutch biker Frans Verhoeven reacts at the end of the stage 2 of the Dakar 2015 between Carlos Paz and San Juan, Argentina, on January 5, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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KTM rider Jakub Przygonski of Poland in the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally 2015, from Antofagasta to Iquique, on January 9, 2015. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier) #
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Competitors in the 2015 Dakar Rally stage 6 between Antofogasta and Iquique, Chile, on January 9, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A coyote stands on the runway of a small desert airport during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally 2015 between Chilecito, Argentina and Copiapo, Chile, at sunset on January 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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Aerial view of the finish line of the Stage 7 between Iquique, in Chile and Uyuni, in Bolivia, on January 11, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Albert Llovera of Andorra drives in Stage 2 from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan on January 5, 2015. (Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters) #
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(1 of 3) Argentine Juan Manuel Silva and Pablo Sisterna (not pictured) crash and roll their Mercedes car during the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally from Iquique to Uyuni, January 10, 2015. (Reuters/Daniel Rodrigo) #
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(2 of 3) Juan Manuel Silva and Pablo Sisterna crash during Stage 7, on January 10, 2015. (Reuters/Daniel Rodrigo) #
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(3 of 3) Juan Manuel Silva and Pablo Sisterna crash during Stage 7, on January 10, 2015. (Reuters/Daniel Rodrigo) #
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Jimco car of Canadian Matthew Cambell, after a crash during the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally, on January 10, 2015. (Reuters/Daniel Rodrigo) #
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Honda rider Paulo Goncalves of Portugal races during the sixth stage between the cities of Antofagasta and Iquique, Chile, on January 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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A helicopter lifts a quad before Stage 5 of the Dakar 2015 between Copiapo and Antofogasta, Chile, on January 8, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany for Toyota Imperial Team South Africa in the Pick Up Hilux compete during day 4 of the Dakar Rally on January 7, 2015. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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Juan Pedrero Garcia of Pont Grup Yamaha JV Racing 450WR Rally rides through the street parade after completing day 8 of the Dakar Rally on January 11, 2015 in Uyuni, Bolivia. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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Yamaha quad rider Camelia Liparoti, from France, arrives at the Uyuni camp after completing the seventh stage of the Dakar 2015 on January 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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The hand of racer Marc Pedrola during Stage 5 of Dakar 2015 between Copiapo and Antofogasta, Chile, on January 8, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Picture taken on January 10, 2015 shows the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, some 3,650 meters above sea level. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Aerial view before the start of Stage 8 of Dakar 2015 between Uyuni, in Bolivia, and Iquique, in Chile, on January 11, 2015. Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, is located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, some 3,650 meters above sea level. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People stand on the Uyuni salt flats to watch the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally 2015 between Uyuni, Bolivia, and Iquique, Chile, on January 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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Competitors begin the 8th stage of the Dakar Rally 2015 on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat, on January 11, 2015. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier) #
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Peugeot's driver Stephane Peterhansel of France and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret compete during Stage 8 between Uyuni and Iquique, on January 11, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Riders compete in Stage 8 between Uyuni and Iquique on January 12, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Dakar 2015 riders compete on the Uyuni salt flats on on January 12, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A competitor races past Cactus Island across the Uyuni salt flats during the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally on January 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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Kawasaki's Chilean Patricio Cabrera pushes his bike during Stage 8 on the Uyuni salt flats on January 12, 2015. . (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
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William Alcaraz of France for Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team in the RZR 1000XP waits on the start line during day 8 of the Dakar Rally on January 11, 2015 in Uyuni, Bolivia. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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Honda rider Jeremias Israel Esquerre of Chile rides during Stage 6, from Antofagasta to Iquique, on January 9, 2015. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier) #
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Sebastian Halpern of Argentina riding for Mendoza Espiritu Grande chases his quad as it rolls down the sand dune during day 4 of the Dakar Rally on January 7, 2015 between Chilecito in Argentina to Copiapo, Chile. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
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Yamaha's Spanish biker Juan Pedrero Garcia races in Stage 8 of Dakar 2015, between Uyuni, Bolivia and Iquique, Chile, on January 12, 2015. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) #

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