Each spring heading into Holy Week, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make their way to the healing grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó, located just minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. Though the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the vast majority of the pilgrimage this year to this most coveted of sacred spaces, it’s still worth honoring this place as you consider plans to visit it in the months and years to come.
When you do visit this historic and beautiful church, make sure to stay at our exceptional Bed and Breakfast. Our secluded six acres might just be the perfect place to escape, to continue our practice in social distancing, and to enjoy the breathtaking and healing beauty of New Mexico. There’s nothing quite like the Casa Escondida. Book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today, and start planning for your pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó in 2021!
Pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó
The Santuario de Chimayó is considered to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country. The shrine, famous for both the modern-day pilgrimage and its origin story, is a National Historic Landmark. On average, around 300,000 visitors come to the Santuario de Chimayó each year, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of New Mexico. The church’s origins date back to 1810. You can read more about how these grounds came to be considered sacred here.
An estimated 30,000 pilgrims come to the Santuario de Chimayó from around the world during Holy Week, and they traditionally arrive via foot. Some walk from as far away as Albuquerque, and they come seeking blessings, in fulfillment of a vow, or for other personal reasons. Many visitors to the church take a small amount of the “Tierra Bendita” or “holy dirt,” which is held in a small well inside the church in a room called el pocito. This holy dirt comes from the surrounding hillsides and is believed to cure a wide variety of ailments.
Pilgrims that make the journey to the Santuario de Chimayó often report profound emotional reactions, strange sensations in the body, as well as other spiritual effects. Often, pilgrims bring some kind of offering and leave with a small sample of the dirt.
Other Events at the Church
Though the Santuario de Chimayó is best known for its Holy Week pilgrimage, there are a number of events that take place on these sacred grounds each year. The Santuario is also an important cultural center. El Rincon de Don Bernardo Abeyta Welcome Center, a free museum onsite, is dedicated to the history of both the Santuario and the Roman Catholic church in northern New Mexico in general. Beyond being an informational center, it also houses some important artwork.
There are also a number of culturally significant events held throughout the year on the grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó. These include events like Espanola Fiestas, Danzas Aztecas, las Posadas, and Los Matachines.
The Best Lodging in Chimayó
Whatever your belief system is, it’s clear that the sacred nature of the Santuario de Chimayó cannot be denied, and is a place that is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. The Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is located only 2 miles from the Santuario de Chimayó.
Wake up each morning of your stay to a delicious homemade breakfast and awe-inspiring views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Rustic, southwest style abound in our unique guest rooms, and our amenities will far exceed your expectations.
Whether you’re here to visit the sacred Santuario de Chimayó or just want a place to relax amidst New Mexico’s scenic beauty, we’re here for you. Book your room at our secluded New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today.