The Dakar rally gets under way in South America this weekend, amid concern about the potential damage that the 8,400-kilometre (5,200-mile) trek through Peru and Chile could cause to the local environment.
Spectators at the 2012 Dakar Rally Stage 13 Nasca-Pisco, Peru on January 14, 2012. The rally gets under way in South America this weekend, amid concern over potential damage to the local environment.
Organisers the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have already had to reject claims that the 459 cars, bikes, trucks and quad bikes taking part in this year's edition will cause irreparable harm to ancient archaeological sites.
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