About the Atacama Crossing

The Atacama Crossing is a 7-day, 250 km / 155 mile footrace that takes place in the incredible Atacama Desert of Chile. Through the seven days, competitors traverse through salt flats, massive sand dunes, icy cold slot canyons, river crossings, and experience starry nights while in the foothills of the Andes mountains as they complete the 250-kilometer / 155-mile course. The race goes through the Salar de Atacama, Moon Valley and Valle de la Muerte, and finally ends in the Town Square of the adobe-like village of San Pedro de Atacama.


  • 24 Sep 2021

    Competitors Arrive (hotel provided)
  • 25 Sep 2021

    Race Check-In & go to Camp 1
  • 26 Sep 2021

    Race Starts
  • 26 Sep 2021 - to - 02 Oct 2021

    Stage 1 - To - Stage 6 takes place
  • 02 Oct 2021

    Awards Banquet (hotel provided)
  • 03 Oct 2021

    Event Ends (travel home)

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  • 12 May 2021 Location, Culture & Weather at the Atacama Crossing

    As part of your planning for the Atacama Crossing find out more about where you'll be running, what weather to expect and the Atacamenos who settled there in 1500 BC.

  • 28 Apr 2021 Read the new blog post by Ben Fox

    "The Atacama was always a place I wanted to return to. The last time I was there was 2017 and the memories of that race stuck with me to this day, I always promised myself I would go back there and compete in the race again."

  • 19 Apr 2021 The Atacama Crossing is a qualifying race for The Last Desert (Antarctica)

    If you are interested in one day racing in Antarctica then watching this recoring of the Info Session about Racing in Antarctica is a must!

  • 07 Apr 2021 Atacama Crossing Video Binge

    Enjoy hundreds of videos from the Atacama Crossing from more than 10 years of the race - from documentaries, to short clips, interviews, scenery, culture and inspiring racers from around the world.

  • 24 Mar 2021 Can you hear the drums?


    Enjoy this first-hand account of the Atacama Crossing by racer Nick Coyle from New Zealand / Japan who completed the race as his first RacingThePlanet Ultra in 2019. If you're joining or thinking about the Atacama Crossing this is a great read. 

  • 04 Mar 2021 Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail

    Listen to the Info Session (recorded from Zoom) about How to Plan Food & Electrolytes for a 250km Ultra

  • 15 Feb 2021 Who will be on the start line of the Atacama Crossing 2021?

    Have a look at the list of inspiring and diverse people who will be running or hiking 250km across the Atacama Desert this year!

  • 27 Jan 2021 Listen to the recording of our ZOOM call on EQUIPMENT

    Who doesn't love talking about equipment? Equipment selection is one of the key preparation items when getting ready for a RacingThePlanet Ultra. Listen to the ZOOM recording from 7 Feb to find out more.

  • 18 Jan 2021 How to Prepare for a 250km Ultra - ZOOM Info Session Recording

    Find out some top tips on "How to Prepare for a RacingThePlanet Ultra" by listening to this recording from the recent Info Sessions on Zoom. Includes how to get started, training plans and a checklist of you should have done and know before you get to the startline.

  • 06 Jan 2021 ZOOM Info Session on How to Prepare for a 250km Ultra on 10 Jan 2021

    Do you need info, tips, or motivation to start or keep training for a RacingThePlanet Ultra? Join us on Zoom this Sunday.


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