Visit the Santuario de Chimayó

The stunning Santuario de Chimayó in Northern New Mexico - a site of the annual pilgrimage during Holy Week

Each spring heading into Holy Week, tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to the healing grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó, located just minutes from our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast. This charming Roman Catholic church is a famous National Historic Landmark and one of the most popular locations for contemporary pilgrimages. Whether you participate in the annual pilgrimage or not, this historic church is well worth the time to see and experience.

Once you’ve had a chance to visit the sacred Santuario de Chimayó, make sure to relax, unwind, and enjoy some downtime at our luxury New Mexico Bed and Breakfast. Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is located on six secluded acres in northern New Mexico, located approximately midway between Santa Fe and Taos. It’s one of the best places to stay in New Mexico, and you’ll see why from the moment you step through our door.

Whether you’re here to savor the breathtaking and healing beauty of New Mexico or indulge in some romantic time with your sweetheart, there’s nothing quite like Casa Escondida. There has been no update as to the nature of the pilgrimage for 2022, but as of now, we expect the 2022 pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó to be as popular as ever. If you want to visit this sacred space this year, it’s time to book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.

Crosses on the grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó in northern New Mexico

Pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó

The Santuario de Chimayó is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country. The shrine, famous for 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, and 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 alone, many of them arriving on 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 Santuario de Chimayó 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 various 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. Usually, pilgrims bring some offerings and leave with a small dirt sample.

Though the Santuario de Chimayó is best known for its Holy Week pilgrimage, several events occur 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 many 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.

Rosaries at the Santuario de Chimayó in northern New Mexico

The Best Lodging in Chimayó New Mexico

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. With all that’s going on in the world, why not make 2022 the year you visit? As you make your plans to visit this historic church, don’t miss your opportunity to stay at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.

The Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is 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 abounds 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 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 near the Santuario de Chimayó today.

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