The Dakar Rally will take place in South America for the third year running, organisers said on Tuesday.
Dakar bosses said the relationships built up with Argentina and Chile, as well as the enthusiasm seen amongst spectators, have led them to propose a third instalment for the 2011 edition.
"Being able to count on the Dakar again is a dream come true for Argentina," said Enrique Meyer, the Argentine Secretary of State for Tourism.
"For the last two years, in addition to the sporting aspect, we have displayed to the whole wide world (more than 190 countries) our landscapes and people. We are very proud to welcome the Dakar again and have worked very hard to be able to do so".
The rally organisers said they are evaluating several projects for the future, including the possibility of a return to Africa.
The Dakar moved to South America in 2009 after organisers were forced to cancel the 2008 edition in Africa following terrorist threats.