[QUOTE=rockymountainoyster;20706921]The Dakar Rally appears to be a very strictly controlled and moderated commercial enterprise.]
David, Thanks for the Dakar background. It filled in a lot of blanks for me. I can relate to being "not a huge spectator." My dream would be to camp out in one of the overnight setups that serve as the end of one stage as well as the beginning of the next. But as Neduro shared, it's prohibitively expensive. Your other comments on language and cost differences in Chile vs. Mexico are also good to know.
Enjoy your time in Chile as it continues. Jim