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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  • 28 Jul 2021 Atacama Crossing Course Video

    Follow the route of the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 250km Ultramarathon as it takes you through the Atacama Desert as if you were a racer (either running or hiking/walking). 

  • 21 Jul 2021 A Training Plan for the Atacama Crossing

    Robert Ripley, a competitor for the upcoming Atacama Crossing, shares his approach to preparing for the race and his training strategy - inlcuding those all important rest days and stretching routines!

  • 14 Jul 2021 Fun facts about the Atacama Desert in Chile

    The Atacama Desert has the most lunar-like landscape on Earth and is frequently used by NASA to test its planetary rover vehicles. Disocver more fun facts about the Atacama Desert here. 

  • 07 Jul 2021 Follow the route of the Atacama Crossing as if you were a racer

    Competitors go through magnificent salt flats stretching as far as the eye can see, run down huge sand dunes which will literally take your breath away, go through canyons where you can touch the walls on both sides and sleep under glittering night skies in the driest place on earth.

  • 30 Jun 2021 "Have fun, be thankful, don't get hurt"

    Find out how competitor Robery Ripley is preparing to "Reboot" his training for this year's Atacama Crossing. 

  • 23 Jun 2021 What equipment is needed to cross 250km of Chilean desert?

    With just 95 days to go - now is a good time to check you have all the equipment you need before heading out to the Chilean desert and that you've tried and tested it in your training. 

  • 16 Jun 2021 Strength training for runners

    It is tempting to spend all of our spare time running in order to become a better runner and there is a lot of logical sense in that. If time allows however, we should try and incorporate a more varied strength training program to make us simultaneously stronger, faster, safer, and more efficient runners.

  • 07 Jun 2021 Who will be on the startline of the Atacama Crossing

    With less than four months until the Atacama Crossing, have a look to see who is on the starting line up for the race.

  • 25 May 2021 So pleased to have completed such an amazing challenge

    Blogs are written in the lead up to the race and after each Stage from the cybertent at each Camp. This blog by racer Andy Haven gives a great summary of his experience at the Atacama Crossing.

  • 12 May 2021 Location, Culture & Weather at the Atacama Crossing

    As part of your planning for the Atacama Crossing find out more about where you'll be running, what weather to expect and the Atacamenos who settled there in 1500 BC.


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