The Santuario de Chimayó is one of the most sacred destinations in New Mexico, let alone the entire country. Tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó every year during Holy Week, thus making it one of the best-attended pilgrimages in the modern era. Though a visit to the famed church is always a remarkable experience, it’s unforgettable during the annual pilgrimage.
The Santuario is located in the charming village of Chimayó, which is located on the High Road to Taos in between the major towns of Santa Fe and Taos. In addition to being the home of this famed sacred site, the town of Chimayó is also home to a diverse network of artisans and a fantastic place to find one-of-a-kind goods authentic to New Mexico. The town also happens to be home to one of the best Bed and Breakfasts in New Mexico, Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast.
Once you’ve made the pilgrimage or had the opportunity to spend some time on the sacred grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó, there’s no better place to continue your relaxing, healing journey than our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn sits on six quiet and secluded acres in northern New Mexico and offers the most comfortable and friendly accommodations for those traveling to and through our area.
With more and more people traveling again in 2022 and into 2023, we expect the 2023 pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó to be as popular as ever, which means the sooner you book your lodging the better. Don’t miss the chance to book a room at our top-rated New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.
Annual Pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó
There are a number of reasons to consider making the annual pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimay. Over 300,000 people visit these sacred grounds each year, with around 30,000 of these visitors coming during the pilgrimage to what is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country. The church, which dates back to 1810, is one of the most visited historic landmarks in New Mexico, which certainly speaks volumes given the long history of many of New Mexico’s top historic destinations.
Many of those making pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayó still come on foot, some coming from as far away as Albuquerque, which we think speaks volumes about the high regard placed on these holy and sacred grounds. Most are coming here to seek blessings, others to fulfill a vow they’ve taken, and yet others for more personal reasons.
Regardless of the reason for making the pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó, what most visitors are seeking is access to the holy dirt found here, also called “Tierra Bendita.” This dirt is held in a small room inside the church called el pocito, and it’s dirt that comes from the hillsides surrounding Chimayó and is believed to hold sacred healing powers for a variety of ailments. Once visiting, many of those that have made the pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó report profound spiritual reactions and sometimes physical sensations in their bodies.
Though this annual Holy Week pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó stands as one of the most sacred times of year to visit the church, it can be visited throughout the year. There are several more events throughout the year worth attending, too, as it serves as an important cultural center for the area. This includes events like Espanola Fiestas, Danzas Aztecas, las Posadas, and Los Matachines.
The Best Place to Stay in Chimayó
With the annual popularity of the pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó, it’s best to plan your trip well in advance, even if you are merely visiting and not making the entire pilgrimage. There’s no better lodging in the Chimayó area than our traditional New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, a place where the traditional culture of New Mexico is deeply respected and where the transformative healing energy of northern New Mexico is captured.
Our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast is only 2 miles from the Santuario de Chimayó. Relax in comfort, surrounded by southwest style and generous amenities in our guest rooms. Wake up each morning of your stay to a delicious homemade breakfast and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.
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 in Chimayó today!