Dakar made the big trucks famous and they remain a crowd favorite. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing them in person, the Desafio del Desierto Dakar tour now makes that a possibility with a bite-sized portion of the race that takes only a long weekend of your time.
Since there are no hotels in the middle of the Atacama, Desafio del Desierto houses its tour guests in sturdy dome tents that house two people easily. The large dome is the dining/meeting tent
While served later at night compared to U.S. dinners, the catering team provided outstanding meals. Breakfasts leaned more toward continental fare.
Stressed that your favorite racer isn’t doing well? Stiff from your first ride in the dunes? No problem, as guests could get a massage, courtesy of the trio of therapists made available by DdD
Showers and full restroom facilities in the desert? Happily, yes! Desafio del Desierto rents these units from a company that normally rents to mining operations.
Without the proper credentials, you won’t get into the bivouac, which is the main pit area. It’s huge, fenced off and guarded.