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.
22 Sep 2023Competitors Arrive in the host town (hotel provided)
23 Sep 2023Race Check-In at Race Hotel
24 Sep 2023Race Starts
24 Sep 2023 - to - 30 Sep 2023Stage 1 - To - Stage 6 takes place
30 Sep 2023Awards Banquet (hotel provided)
01 Oct 2023Event Ends (travel home)
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05 Dec 2022
The Atacama Crossing Course
Find out more about the stage distances, elevation, altitude and watch a flyover of the course of the Atacama Crossing in the stunning Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
23 Nov 2022
Follow the last race of 2022 Live from Antarctica
Racers are en route to Antarctica expecting to see the first icebergs on Thursday and then the race begins. Follow the race through photos, results, breaking news, videos, blogs and more. You can also send messages of support.
16 Nov 2022
An exciting line up
There are still 10 months until the next edition of the Atacama Crossing and we already have an exciting list of racers!
09 Nov 2022
A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words
Look in awe at the photos from the Atacama Crossing.
02 Nov 2022
A Story of Perseverance
"I snapped an O-for-3 streak with RacingThePlanet, completing their Atacama Crossing, a 7-day, 250K, self-supported race through the driest place on Earth. It was a challenging, beautiful, mind-boggling and exhausting event." Read the full story in Keith Gayhart's blog.
26 Oct 2022
Reflections from the Atacama Crossing by Rob Ripley
"I have had some time to sit back and reflect on the week of the 2022 Atacama Crossing… and what a week it was."
19 Oct 2022
Mark your calendars
The 2023 edition of the Atacama Crossing will start on the 24 Sept 2023. Mark your calendars and get your registrations in.
11 Oct 2022
Registrations are open for the Atacama Crossing 2023
As we relive a beautiful week in the Atacama Desert we are already looking forward to 2023 edition of the race on 24 September next year.
19 Sep 2022
Bilbo Baggins (UK) and Diana Melo Reyes (Colombia) Have Won the Atacama Crossing 2022
See at the finishers at https://www.racingtheplanet.com/atacamacrossing/results.
07 Sep 2022
Watch the Pre-Race Zoom Call (recording)
Are you prepared for the Atacama Crossing in less than 3 weeks? Watch this Pre-Race Zoom Call to be sure.