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.


  • 23 Sep 2022

    Competitors Arrive (and go to Camp 1)
  • 24 Sep 2022

    Race Check-In at Camp 1
  • 25 Sep 2022

    Race Starts
  • 25 Sep 2022 - to - 01 Oct 2022

    Stage 1 - To - Stage 6 takes place
  • 01 Oct 2022

    Awards Banquet (hotel provided)
  • 02 Oct 2022

    Event Ends (travel home)

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  • 18 May 2022 The Host Town is San Pedro de Atacama

    The desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is one of the attractions of the race - it's laid back dusty streets, high class food and accommodation and Atacamenos residents make this a beacon for desert lovers and Atacama Crossing racers.

  • 11 May 2022 Exciting Field of Racers

    It's going to be an exciting race with 1st and 2nd place winners from the Namib Race last week set to join the Atacama Crossing 2022. See who else will be on the startline.

  • 07 May 2022 The Namib Race 2022 has Concluded

    Congratulations to our champions:  Reinhold Hugo (Switzerland) and Victoria Connelly (UK) and all the participants.  Check out the photos and videos which will be uploaded throughout the day.

  • 20 Apr 2022 Info Session - Course, Terrain, Weather & Equipment

    The Atacama Crossing Course is beautiful, varied and challenging. But the devil is in the detail. Watch this video to find out about the terrain, tricky sections and surprises each stage has to offer.

  • 13 Apr 2022 Wordclass Support Crew

    The volunteeers, doctors, media and management team are all set. Have a look who will be supporting this race to ensure a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable race for competitors.

  • 06 Apr 2022 Who is running the Atacama Crossing 2022?

    See who is set to join the Atacama Crossing in September this year. Is your name on the list?

  • 30 Mar 2022 New Blog Posts

    The blogs are starting! Enjoy two new posts from racers Betsy Rogers and Rob Ripley to find out what led them to the Atacama Crossing and how their preparations are going so far. And maybe even start your own blog.

  • 23 Mar 2022 Why would you return to the Atacama Crossing 10(!) times!

    Ash Mokhtari has run the Atacama Crossing 10 times (so far). Listen to this interview to hear him explain what makes the race so special.

  • 16 Mar 2022 Use this time wisely

    With six months until the 2022 edition of the Atacama Crossing use this time, not only to build up your fitness and training, but also to do as much research as you can on the course, logistics, equipment and weather to help you arrive at the start line fully prepared. This recorded information session takes you through the course Stage by Stage with lots of handy hints along the way.

  • 09 Mar 2022 Thank You for Your Support of the People of Ukraine

    Thank you to the RacingThePlanet Community for raising over US$11,000 in 48 hours to support the people of Ukraine.  We'll be providing an update on how the money is donated/spent on ground.

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