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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  • 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.

  • 29 Dec 2020 Special Thank You to RacingThePlanet Medical Teams & All Doctors

    This video is a short tribute to the RacingThePlanet medical doctors. A way to say thank you for everything they do at the races, every day and now on the front line treating COVID patients and putting their own safety at risk.

  • 23 Dec 2020 Happy Holidays from us all at RacingThePlanet

    Wishing you all a nice break. Stay healthy, happy and well and keep up the training - the Atacama Desert is waiting for you! Hope to see you in the desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama in 9 MONTHS.

  • 18 Dec 2020 ZOOM Info Session on How to Prepare for a 250km Ultra on 10 Jan 2021

    If you are unsure how to get started with your preparation, need some motivation and are keen to pick up some top tips then be sure to join this info session.

  • 09 Dec 2020 Get to know the racers

    Blogs for the Atacama Crossing 2021 have started. They are a great way to get to know fellow racers as they continue their journey to the startline in San Pedro. Enjoy the blogs from Marisa Rodriguez, Kristina Huffman and Dr. Rob Ripley - and think about starting your own blog!

  • 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.”


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