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Host Hotels 2019


March 16 and 17 - Hotel Araiza - San Luis Rio Colorado (same as 2018)

Hotel Araiza is about a mile from the boarder crossing in San Luis Rio Colorado (south of Yuma, Arizona).


Rally Registration takes place here on Sunday, March 17, 2019, (Early registration is available March 16). Race Stage 1 on March 18 starts in San Luis Rio Colorado and finishes in a distant "camping only" location.


Hotel Araiza

Av. Madero y Calle 18 #1800, Col Residencias, San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora C.P. 83448

Tel. +52 (653) 517-2400 | USA 1-877-727-2492.


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3) Note: Prices are in Pesos


GPS: 32° 28.569'N 114° 45.593'W

Map Location


March 18th La Salina

Campo La Salina

Camping only

Location to be provided at race registration


March 19th Puerto Peñasco

Hotel Peñasco del Sol

Paseo Las Glorias # 1

Puerto Peñasco Sonora, Mexico 83550

Sonora Rally rate: $123 incl. tax Code #1169

Tel: +52 (638) 114-8913

Karla Arias

GPS 31° 18’ 33.57" N 113° 32’ 52.56” W


March 20th Puerto Libertad

Camping Playa Libertad

No rooms presently available in town

Will update if rooms come available at a later date before rally

Check for possible house rentals online


March 21st Bahia de Kino

Hotel Eco Bay (Host hotel)

Calle Tampico esq. Guaymas, 83340, Bahia de Kino, Sonora

+52 (622) 115 0586 (Sra Gloria)

+52 (662) 242 0491

GPS 28° 49.489'N 111° 56.570’W


Hotel Kino Bonito

Calle Acapulco #47 esq. Tampico 83340, Bahia de Kino, Sonora

+52 (662) 242 1000

28° 49.329'N 111° 56.386’W


March 22nd Hermosillo (3 Hotels next to each other)


Fiesta Americana (Host Hotel)

Blvd. Eusebio Kino No. 369 Col. Lomas Pitic 83010 Hermosillo, Sonora

+52 (662) 259 60 00

Sonora Rally Rate (incl. breakfast) $78-$90 Single $91-$103 Double

For Sonora Rally reservations in Spanish:

For Sonora Rally reservations in English:

CODIGO FIESTA AMERICANA discount code for Sonora Rally: G1CX0N@FAH

GPS: 29° 5.831'N 110° 55.980'W


Fiesta Inn

Blvd. Eusebio Kino 375 Col. Lomas Pitic 83010 Hermosillo, Sonora

+52 (662) 289 22 00

Sonora Rally Rate (incl. breakfast) $55 Single $65 Double

For Sonora Rally reservations in Spanish:

For Sonora Rally reservations in English:

CODIGO FIESTA AMERICANA discount code for Sonora Rally: G1CX0N@FAH

GPS: 29° 5.833'N 110° 55.934'W


Araiza Hotel (Hermosillo)

Blvd. Eusebio Kino #353 Col. Lomas Pitic, C.P. 83010, Hermosillo Sonora

Only Hotel with oversize parking lot

$55 Single or Double Sonora Rally Rate (incl. breakfast)

For Sonora Rally reservations: +52 (662) 109 17 00 Ext. 501

Cytlali Valera

Melissa Mizugay

GPS: 29° 5.830'N 110° 56.076'W



Food 2019


THE BIVOUAC – Curated by

Alta Cocina, by Aventura! will again curate the nightly bivouacs and with five striking locations where racers can expect an outstanding camping and dining experience. A favorite feature of our competitors, the nightly bivouac provides a central location for camaraderie, enjoying locally-sourced chef driven dinners and sampling wine and craft microbrew.

This year rally competitors will again be treated to phenomenal food in San Luis Rio Colorado by our Sonora Rally family from La Faisana and Bohemia Food Van, who will be serving lunch and craft beer, available for purchase, during tech and contingency at El Bosque. La Ponderosa JH Steaks will host the dinner at La Salina, and for the third year in a row, the “meat specialist” Chef Martin Herrera Villalobos will treat everyone to roasted lamb and local Sonora sirloins.

In Puerto Libertad, Sonora seafood legend Gustavo Adolfo Cortez "Suzuqui" will be seaside cooking his specialty, locally caught Baqueta. On Bahia de Kino’s seafront, Marisco’s Bahia will host a surf and turf dinner. Their incredible sunset ocean view was a big hit last year and not to be missed. And last, but certainly not least, Chef Eloy Aluri will create the menu for the awards dinner with "elevated" traditional Sonoran food at Parque La Ruina, in Hermosillo.




Map to San Luis

Finding the hotel for Registration/Tech


The PDF map to the right has 4 pages, which is more complete than the single image to the left. Everybody should download and print the PDF map to aid in finding your way across the border and to the hotel and tech inspection areas.

Rallye Raid style race in Mexico

A truly unique race in

North America

March 17-22, 2019

Sonora, Mexico



Presented by

In Brief

Yokohama Sonora Rally is a multi-day cross-country off-road rally in Mexico's scenic Sonora Desert, utilizing Dakar style rally roadbooks for navigation


The emphasis is on challenging rally style navigation through a wide variety of desert terrain. Race categories include motorcycles, quads, cars, trucks, and UTVs. The non-racing Adventure Raid class allows street licensed cars or trucks that may not have a roll cage.

The event is the brainchild of off-road and rally specialists Scott Whitney and Darren Skilton. Their vision was to present an off-road race unlike any other, introducing innovative elements that challenge the machine, and the competitor’s body, mind, and soul. They succeeded in that vision the first year, 2015, and Darren continues with that goal each year.

The aim is to provide a unique world-class rally that is both challenging for the best off-road competitors, as well as manageable by the less accomplished. Dakar vets will find familiarity in the rally format and terrain, while rally newcomers will get a strong taste of what Dakar is really like.


One aspect that sets this rally apart from all other off-road races in North America, and mimics the famous Dakar Rally, is the massive sand dunes, and extensive "HP" (off-track) compass heading navigation that is required to find your way.


Don't be mislead


Though you may see a lot of photos and discussion about the massive sand dunes from our previous events, don't think that's all you'll see in 2018. Dunes will still be a part of the event, however, we are expanding to even more all new terrain.


Competitors will traverse everything from rocky mountains, washes, kilometers of flat-out beaches, kilometers of roadless open deserts, the largest most remote sand dunes in the Americas, and more. If you’re familiar with Baja, Nevada, and similar traditional desert racing, kick those silty whooped-out habits because this is completely different ! Nearly all of Sonora Rally is on roads and roadless terrain completely unknown to off-road racing.

Bivouac Map

Map of Host Cities

The big picture


See where we will be staying each night.


Note that San Luis Rio Colorado where registration and the start of the rally takes place is right on the border, just south of Yuma AZ.

Imagine !


Course Location

It's secret!


As with most cross-country rallies, the actual race course is never published in any form, and never known by the racers until they are on it in the race. Roadbooks for each stage are handed out the evening before that stage is to be raced, so there is little time to study it, and no opportunity to prerun it. The course is not marked, and no GPS tracks will be provided, nor allowed. And since the whole event is held in a region few if any of the competitors have ever been to, there will be no “past experience” to give local knowledge advantage to one competitor over another. Twenty-year Baja racing veterans won't know the course any better than newcomers to Mexico.


How to follow the race course


A unique roadbook will be provided for each stage. The roadbook is the key tool for navigating the race course. All race vehicles are required to have an odometer with 1/10 or 1/100 kilometer precision, as well as a digital compass (GPS) that provides “true North” vehicle headings in numeric format (0 to 359 degrees). The odometer MUST be adjustable up and down in distance via manual control. Utilizing a GPS as an odometer is generally not acceptable since they are usually not easily adjustable on-the-fly. All distances in the roadbook will be in kilometers, not miles. These are all standard requirements for cross-country rallies worldwide.

Learn more about navigation in Sonora Rally here (Link to document will be provided later).


Lengthy details coming later for Navigation, GPS, Roadbooks, HP (compass headings), WPM (waypoints), etc.

Crew Support

Only in the bivouac


In cross-country rally, competitors take care of themselves on the race course. Crew support can only be given in the bivouac. Any support provided to competitors by crew members on Specials or Transfers is forbidden except where specifically authorized by the rally organization. Only competitors can help other competitors on Specials or Transfers (Liaisons).

Rally School

Learn how this rally works


An on-site rally school will be provided after Registration at the host hotel. The school will help rally rookies learn how to navigate by roadbook, and learn some of the basics of rally racing. Rally experts will also find the school helpful in understanding unique aspects of Sonora Rally roadbooks and GPS and WPM utilization. If you think "HP" means horsepower, you need this school !

Cars & Bikes

Safety through separation


Cars will start hours after the bikes, and some stages will be split towards the end so bikes and cars are on different tracks. The car course may also be a bit longer than the bike course to add to the separation.

Also, some of the stages will be mostly dunes and HP (no road) towards the end if not the full length. In those cases you won't be stuck on a road with a berm or cliff on each side. So, any car that might be approaching a bike can take their own path that doesn't coincide with the bike's path, and cars have the freedom to go well around to pass in these areas. In addition, it's tough to make dust in sand, so visibility in most areas should be excellent.

Overall, the mix of bikes and cars should be a non-issue.


In addition, we will be using the Rally Comp device which implements a Pass Alert function that allows a car to signal a bike (trigger a loud beeper on the bike) when approaching to pass. This type of alert system works very well as proven in Dakar and other events worldwide.


Fuel Range


Each stage has fuel available near the start of the Special (usually your gas can at the bivouac), and on some stages a single neutalized (off the clock) fuel stop mid-way through. Typically we aim for a distance between fuel supplies of 150 miles (240km) maximum.


We understand that 150 miles may be too far for some bikes and quads that are not ideally setup for rally competition. We will provide additional "intermediate" moto fuel stops supporting a maximum fuel range of approximately 90 miles (145km). However, the intermediate gas stop(s) will be "on the clock", so you would loose a minute or two gassing up that extra time. In some cases your crew are not allowed at the intermediate gas stops, so you will have to top off on your own, from the gas cans the race organization places at that point.


Cars, trucks, UTVs and Adventure Raid entries should have fuel range of at least 150 miles (240km). More range is better! Keep in mind fuel range is much worse in sand and dunes than what you would normally get, so give yourself plenty of margin! For those cars and UTVs that can not make the 150 mile distance, we allow them to gas up at the intermediate (90 mile) moto gas stops (with fuel they supply), but they will receive a 10 minute penalty if they stop for gas at these intermediate moto gas stops.

For reference, Dakar moto/quad rules require a range of 250km plus 20% margin, which is 186 miles (300km).



Fuel Stops and Fuel Cans


Competitors must supply their own fuel. All who need fuel at a intermediate moto fuel stop must supply full cans to our fuel stop crews the night before. Our crews will then deliver your fuel to the intermediate fuel stops. It will be to your advantage to have several fuel cans so you have fuel in the bivouac as well as at the fuel stops. For those who do not have at least 150 mile range, you may need to give two cans to our fuel crews so we can deliver them to a 90 mile stop and a 150 mile stop.


2019 details: There are numerous gas stations in San Luis Rio Colorado, Puerto Peñasco, Kino Bay, and Hermosillo. There is no gas station near the La Salina remote bivouac. There is one gas station near the bivouac in Puerto Libertad. The gas station in Puerto Libertad does not have 92 octane “Red” fuel. They only have lower octane “Green” fuel. If your race vehicle requires high octane fuel, you should bring it yourself from Puerto Peñasco where it is commonly available.


Be aware you are not allowed to bring a lot of fuel across the border into Mexico in fuel cans. They may let one through, but if you have a bunch of full ones, they may stop you and make you pay a tax. So, it's better to bring them in empty and fill them in Mexico.




What is the bivouac?


The bivouac is generally an encampment where competitors and crew stay overnight between rally stages. It's a pit area, camping area, eating area, social hangout and more, all wrapped up in one cool place. It's often in a remote dirt location where few if any conveniences are available.


At some of our previous events, the bivouac was nothing more than an abandoned brick barn surrounded by miles of wide-open desert. Yet we turned it into a really cool place that the competitors loved!

Bivouac Food


San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico


Average HIGH temperature in March is 80°F (27°C) - San Luis Rio Colorado

Average LOW temperature in March is 49°F (9°C) - San Luis Rio Colorado

Average RAIN in April is 0.2 in (0.5 cm) - San Luis Rio Colorado


TODAY's Weather - San Luis Rio Colorado

TODAY's Weather - Puerto Peñasco

Number Plates


Moto Number Plate Race Sticker

- FRONT only

- Width 18.5cm (7.27 inch) x Height 19.5cm (7.6 inch)


Car, Truck, Adventure Raid & UTV Number Plate Race Sticker

- SIDES (doors) x2

- Width 37cm (14.5 inch) x Height 39cm (15.2 inch)




Numbers will be assigned, Motos 1-49, Cars/UTVs 51-99.


Number stickers will be handed out at registration at the hotel.


The rally logo and sponsor portions of the sticker must be clearly visible on the vehicle. If the logo/sponsor doesn't fit while attached to the number, the logo/sponsor portions may be cut off and attached in an equally visible adjacent position.



Mexico Auto Insurance


You should have this!

All racers are insured while racing and while on transit stages, through the organization. However if you drive your race car / moto anywhere outside of race time... to get gas, to go to hotel etc ... you must carry your own Mexican liability insurance. It is a requirement for the rally. You can get this insurance through Instant Mexico Insurance. Their office has been informed - mention Sonora Rally and they will know how to insure you. If you are not able to get insurance prior to registration Miguel Rico will be at registration to help insure you on the spot.


Miguel Rico is our representative and should you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to email him:


We will require proof of Mexican liability insurance before banding you.


You should have Mexico auto insurance on all vehicles taken into Mexico, including your crew vehicle.

Customs Form for crossing the border


Make the crossing easier on yourself

In order to facilitate an easy border crossing into Mexico we need the linked form filled out so we can send the info to the proper authorities.


EVERY vehicle being driven across the border must have a customs list form filled out with driver and passenger names.


If you are crossing the border without any significant items such as race vehicle, trailer, tools or supplies, you should be fine without filling out this form.


You must have registration papers for all vehicles crossing the border, including your race vehicle. And the person who is named on those registration papers must be there when crossing the border. Otherwise you may not be allowed into Mexico.



Buy your tourist permit at the border.

Do not bring more than $10,000 cash unless you declare it.

Do not bring across full gas cans or drums (they must be empty).

No excessive spare parts / merchandise.


Sat Phones 2019


Required for Competitors

All competitors (including Adventure Raid) are required to carry an operational Satellite Phone (one per vehicle). You may bring your own, or rent one. We are making arrangements the for a special price deal with a satellite phone rental provider. Non-competitors will be welcome to rent a phone as well.


$90 for a 9555 Sat Phone

$100 for an IsatPhone2

UPS shipping included

return shipping $19


good for the dates for Sonora Rally 2019 March 17-22


Satellite Phone Store

California Office

2830 Shelter Island Dr.

San Diego, CA 92106

Tel: +1-619-399-3800

Toll Free: 1-877-WHENEVER (943-6383)