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 (hotel provided)
  • 24 Sep 2022

    Race Check-In & go to 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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  • 01 Dec 2021 Why I Love the Atacama Crossing

    The Atacama Crossing is one of the most incredible experiences, but don't just take our word for it. See what the competitor's themselves had to say about the experience!

  • 24 Nov 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 recording of the Info Session about Racing in Antarctica is a must!

  • 18 Nov 2021 Train Well, Eat Well, Race Well

    Registered Nutritionist, Bev Brammer, shares her top tips to help prepare your body to take on a RacingThePlanet challenge. 

  • 08 Nov 2021 Still 321 days until the race - but look at the line up!

    From 18 to 62 years old, competitors representing 37 countries are all set to meet in the desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama for the Atacama Crossing in September 2022.

  • 04 Nov 2021 The Flowering Atacama

    Chile's Atacama desert is the driest in the world but every few years, at springtime, a little corner of it is covered in a carpet of blooming purple and yellow flowers

  • 21 Oct 2021 The Namib Race has Concluded

    Relive the Namib Race 2021 -- check out all the photos and videos.

  • 06 Oct 2021 All about the course

    Find out everything you need to know about the stunning course of the Atacama crossing. Including elevation charts, stage distances, terrain and much more. 

  • 29 Sep 2021 Missing the Chilean Deserts?

    We are all missing being in the Chilean Deserts right now so a little recap from 2019 is just what's needed to help us relive the moments. 

  • 22 Sep 2021 The Role of Electrolytes

    Managing your body’s fluid and electrolyte balance is the top priority of any participant in an endurance race. Read our expert article to find out more. 

  • 15 Sep 2021 A Newbie's Guide to Ultramarathons

    If you're just getting started with your ultramarathon journey, this newbie's guide is for you!


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