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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  • 02 Dec 2020 Atacama Crossing Race Report by Sarah Opperman

    Sarah is a lawyer who completed her first long distance off-road race at the Atacama Crossing. She trained hard and finished as the 5th place woman. This report is an insight into her race with some useful tips and information for those set to race in the Atacama Crossing.


  • 20 Nov 2020 Memories of Running the Atacama Crossing (and all 4 Deserts)

    “I have a special affection for Atacama. The Chilean people are incredibly kind and the vistas are stunning with the colours changing all day long. The volcanoes all around, running through the famous Moon Valley and experiencing the sunsets made this race a truly stunning one.”

  • 10 Nov 2020 Together we have completed 13,000km

    After just 10 days, more than 200 of our community have completed nearly 13,000 km and raised nearly US$4,000 in the RacingThePlanet Community Challenge! We'll soon be on our way to Chile. It's not too late join us.

  • 03 Nov 2020 Join our RacingThePlanet Virtual Community Challenge

    To celebrate the RacingThePlanet community during these times we are joining together from all of our different locations, to collectively run or hike from Mongolia to Georgia to Namibia to Chile to Antarctica! And we are making donations to communities of our host countries along the way. Find out more and join the community achieve this goal!


  • 28 Oct 2020 What is the altitude of the Atacama Crossing course?

    You can see the full elevation profile, distances and altitude by stage on the course page of the website as well as a description of each stage. This is important to know to ensure your training plan takes this into account.

  • 14 Oct 2020 Start planning logistics for the Atacama Crossing 2021

    One of the first things to do when preparing for the Atacama Crossing is clear the time in your calendar with work, family and other commitments. Check the itinerary to see the date you need you arrive in San Pedro (Fri, 24 Sept) and when you are ready to leave (Sun, 3 Oct) and then factor in flying time and if you can arrive a few days early to acclimatise.

  • 05 Oct 2020 How to prepare for the Atacama Crossing

    Not sure how to start preparing and training for the Atacama Crossing? Have a read of this article to align your thoughts and start putting a plan together.

  • 23 Sep 2020 This week would have been arrival week in San Pedro for the Atacama Crossing 2020

    Instead we are reliving the memories including the blogs of excited racers travelling from around the world to the desert oasis of San Pedro this time last year: Team No Country for Old Men from Canada: "Our team arrived safely in San Pedro. Chile is beautiful but we have to give a 10/10 for this region. Everything  is simply beautiful. Today we ll recheck our back pack for the 100 time, have a run in the afternoon to see if the legs remembers how to run and off course a glass of .....

  • 06 Sep 2020 Find out what people think about the Atacama Crossing

    Racers from the Atacama Crossing describe the course, the race, the ultra and what they thought about it. All are put togehter in a beautiful compilation by the talented videographer Michael Murphy

  • 26 Aug 2020 Looking forward to the Atacama Crossing 2021

    The Atacama Crossing 2021 will start on 26 September from the desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Check out the full itinerary and mark you calendars. We look forward to welcoming you to this beatiful, varied and tough desert race for the 16th edition of this iconic race.


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