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Old 03-28-2012, 11:37 AM   #30
Dread Pendragon
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From asphaltandrubber.com

"Dakar organizers describe the three countries of the 2013 Dakar Rally as the following:
Peru (Grand Start + 5 Stages):

"The discovery of Peru thrilled everybody who reached this stage of the rally in 2012. This time, all the riders, drivers and crews will be able to test their mettle on the largest chains of dunes crossed on the continent since 2009. The Dakar has never before started in the middle of the desert in its history. Whilst the dosage of difficulties will decide just how and when the pressure rises, there will be no room for improvisation in 2013.

"Argentina (5 Stages + Rest Day):
Once it crosses the Andes Mountains, after a first visit to Chile, the rally will encounter a different face of South America: one that guarantees a broad range of terrains which smile primarily upon flexibility. In Argentina, the capacity to adapt will be vital to switch from one type of riding and driving to another and between different methods of managing the race. Although the ration of sand will be less dense, the visit to Gaucho country will nevertheless finish with a major test in which only genuine experts in desert riding and driving will be at ease.

"Chile (4 Stages + Finish):
Two distinct sequences will be played out in Chile and each of them will be decisive. The return to the Atacama corresponds with the phase of the Dakar where competitors navigate in the domain of extreme endurance. As a challenge of ultimate resistance, the sessions in the dunes will continue up to the day before the finish. Before reaching Santiago, the competitors will have to tame difficulties of the highest order right up to the end."



From ftnnews.com

"According to Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Josť Luis Silva Martinot, Peru's participation in the 2012 Dakar Rally generated over US$520 million directly and indirectly, with the most economic impact coming from hotels and petrol stations."




From bernama.com

"Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade, Jose Luis Silva, said . . . that Lima has enough hotel capacity to receive the racers of 2013 Dakar Rally . . . "Lima has an important hotel capacity to accommodate roughly 2,000 people, who among them are competitors and mechanics that participate in the event."

Is there something I'm misunderstanding here, or something lost in translation, or does all of Lima have a fraction of the rooms of one Vegas hotel?

Bluebull, you might have some people that need to stay at your place.
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