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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