For its ninth venture on Latin American soil, the Dakar Rally added a new country, Paraguay, to its list of previous hosts. The official entry list included some 216 vehicles, 146 of which were motorcycles. Organizers referred to Asuncion (Paraguay), La Paz (Bolivia), and Buenos Aires (Argentina) as the three Dakar "capitals." This year, the race entered what was described as a "fourth dimension"—altitude—between 11,800 and 13,100 feet above sea level. "Up there," Brabec said, "there's no oxygen. You try to push but you can't breathe."