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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  • 07 Aug 2022 Follow RacingThePlanet: Lapland LIVE

    Follow the 250 kilometer (155 mile) race live from 14 - 20 August, from the heart of Lapland, just north of the Arctic Circle.

  • 03 Aug 2022 Packing Your Food

    Planning and packing your food is always a challenge. This 20 minute video shows what food for one day looks like, how to pack it and how much it weighs! It is well worth a watch!

  • 27 Jul 2022 The Beautiful Course of the Atacama Crossing

    Racers will go through slot canyons, across salt flats, along Atacamenos caravn routes, through tunnels, up and down dunes, into Moon Valley and sleep under starry skies in the most beautiful desert in South America. Find out more about the Stage distances, elevation (and atitude), a description of each Stage and watch a flyover of the course. 

  • 20 Jul 2022 Mandatory Forms - deadline 5 August

    Medical, Emergency Contact, Liablity and Logistics Forms are needed in order to join the Atacama Crossing. For the 2022 the deadline is 5 August. If you haven't already submitted your forms then now is the time to get them done. You can find them in the Competitor Area of the website. If you need the links email us at [email protected]

  • 13 Jul 2022 The Stunning Atacama Crossing Course

    Have a look at the stage breakdown, elevation and a description each stage of the Atacama Crossing course. There is even a video where you can watch a flyover.

  • 06 Jul 2022 Who will be on the startline in September?

    Racers representing 38 countries, 58% of who are completing their first race and 30% who are female, will be on the startline. See more details of the full field of racers.

  • 26 Jun 2022 3 Months Until the Atacama Crossing - Time to Focus

    Here is a good article to do a sanity check of how your preparations are going vs. what you need to achieve.

  • 23 Jun 2022 The Special Edition of RacingThePlanet Georgia 2022 is LIVE now

    Have a look at the website coverage from our race in Georgia to get an idea of what your friends and family will see when you are racing in the Atacama Crossing in September.

  • 15 Jun 2022 Race Report from the Atacama Crossing - a must read for future racers

    This race report by 2019 racer, Sarah Oppermann includes details of each stage - the highs, the lows and top tips for those doing the race in the future. A great read and very informative.

  • 08 Jun 2022 Equipment for a 250km Self-Supported Race

    It's never too early to start testing and selecting you gear. Start by looking at the detailed equipmnent list of the 37 items that you need to carry or wear for the Atacama Crossing.


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