Throughout the year, the quaint village of Chimayo tends to stay peaceful and quiet. However, during the Holy Weekend, the population of our small town suddenly booms from 3,000 people to over 40,000. This is due to the annual Holy Pilgrimage (also known as the Chimayo Pilgrimage), a sacred journey within the Catholic community that ends at the legendary El Santuario de Chimayo.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about this event or participating yourself, here is everything you need to know about the Chimayo pilgrimage. Plus, we’ll include a Chimayo pilgrimage route map so you can start planning your own journey!
After arriving in Chimayo during the Holy Weekend, why not treat yourself to a fun getaway and rest up with us at Casa Escondida? Download your FREE copy of our Chimayo Vacation Guide to learn more about our area and find only the best activities, attractions, restaurants, and more.
Overview of the Chimayo Pilgrimage
Thousands of people from all over the nation participate in the annual Chimayo Pilgrimage for a variety of reasons. Some come to give thanks to God for answered prayers or to ask for divine intercession and enlightenment. Others travel to seek the miraculous healing powers of Chimayo Holy Dirt, a soil found within the El Santuario de Chimayo that is rumored to possess incredible healing abilities. However, you’ll find that most pilgrims travel to understand the essence of time, place, and the people they meet along the way.
Before the start of the Holy Weekend, pilgrims will begin their journey from all corners of the nation and make their way to Chimayo in order to gather at the El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday.
Chimayo Pilgrimage Route Map and Guided Walks
While there is no right or wrong way to complete the pilgrimage, many travelers decide to travel in groups or participate in pre-organized walks to the El Santuario de Chimayo.
If you’re new to the Chimayo pilgrimage or would like to spend four days walking to the church through New Mexico’s stunning natural landscape, Creatio has great options just for you.
Through Creatio’s route options, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit within the beauty of nature and make lifelong memories with your fellow pilgrims. The guided trips will also ensure you arrive in Chimayo on time for the Good Friday festivities.
If you’re planning on completing the Chimayo pilgrimage on your own, here are some helpful maps of our town that will help you find the church and other points of interest!
Find Rest After the Pilgrimage With Casa Escondida
After your participation in the pilgrimage, you deserve to treat yourself to some well-deserved rest and relaxation. We invite you to unwind with us at Casa Escondida, an enchanting bed and breakfast located just minutes from the Santuario in Chimayo.
Our inn is nestled right in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains and exudes the charm of the Southwest through every exquisite detail. Each of our guestrooms is accented in rustic Southwestern decor and antiques that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’ll enjoy plenty of modern amenities that will make your stay with us comfortable and enjoyable.
After a full night’s rest, join us in our sunny dining room for a delicious breakfast! It’s the perfect way to fuel for a full day of New Mexico adventures.
Check our availability today and be sure to book your stay for the Holy Pilgrimage soon! We look forward to seeing you soon.