|Stages:||18 (357,59 km)|
|Servicepark:||VILLA CARLOS PAZ|
- Vast pampas plains contrast with rugged mountains and softer lakeland landscapes to provide three very different locations.
- Based in lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
- Crowd-pleasing super special stage in downtown Cordoba kicks off the action on Thursday evening.
- Competitors head south on Friday for two loops of fast, sandy tracks in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita valley. Each ends with a popular super special at a theme park on the edge of Villa Carlos Paz.
- Second leg heads north-west into Punilla Valley for the longest day, again featuring two identical loops.
- Sunday climbs rock strewn roads of the Traslasierra mountains, famed for its moonlike landscape, and includes classic El Cóndor and Giulio Cesare tests.
- The contrast between soft roads in the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita Valley and rocky, narrow tracks in the Traslasierra mountains.
- Sandy gravel roads become heavily rutted for the second pass and moving out of the ‘rails’ can pitch a car off the road.
- Many river crossings in the valleys which become wide and deep in wet weather.
- Early autumn in the southern hemisphere brings a risk of fog and possibly even ice in the mountains.
- Gravel suspension.
- Drivers raise the ride height to cope with rutted roads for the second pass of stages.
- Hard and soft compound tyres available.
- First run in 1980 in Tucumán province in the north, when it was known as Rally Codasur.
- The 1982 edition was cancelled due to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
- Moved to Bariloche, in the south, in 1983 but found its home in Cordoba in 1984.
- Argentines are passionate soccer fans and in 2007 a stage was held at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires while Cordoba stadium, home to Talleres, has twice hosted stages and the finish.
What’s new for 2017
- Thursday night street test in Cordoba city features a new layout with gravel and asphalt roads. It has also been lengthened to 1.75km.
- Saturday’s stage from Tanti to Villa Bustos will run in the opposite direction to 2016.
- Few vantage points can compare with a place perched high on the roadside rocks at the start of the high altitude El Condor stage. Keep an eye out for the soaring condors too.
- Just as dramatic is the stunning moonlike vista of the nearby Giulio Cesare test.
- Soak up the crackling atmosphere by joining tens of thousands of enthusiastic Latin American fans at one of the big jumps or in the vast open pampas. It’s fiesta time!