Last Updated on April 16, 2022

The Atacama Crossing (Chile), is a 7 day, 250 km / 155 mile self-supported footrace located in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world located in north of Chile.

Starting at 3,300 meters / 10,500 feet above sea level, the course takes competitors through canyons and valleys (including the rainbow coloured Arcoiris Valley, the Valley of Death and the Valley of the Moon), up old Inca roads, past salt lakes and small Chilean villages, and across sand dunes, salt flats and rivers, always surrounded by a range of stunning volcanoes including the iconic Licancabur at 5,920 meters / 19,420 feet.

Competitors will race more than 1 mile above sea level, covering the horizontal crossing of the country of Chile (250 kilometers / 150 miles).

The Atacama Race

Atacama Crossing 2022

September 25, 2022

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The best way to get to the host town is:

STEP 1: Fly into the Santiago International Airport (also known as the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport or SCL) in Santiago, Chile

STEP 2: Take an internal flight to Calama Airport (also called El Loa International Airport or CJC).

STEP 3: Take a one-hour ride by bus or taxi from the airport to the town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Competitors arrive in San Pedro and go to the meeting point by 4pm to go to Camp 1 on September 23rd.

All stay overnight at Camp 1 for two nights before the race starts.

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