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Explore Historic Chimayó, New Mexico

Just 30 minutes north of Santa Fe is a historic 17th-century Spanish village that is rich in New Mexico culture. Nestled among fields, orchards and rolling hills, Chimayó gives visitors a glimpse into a way of life steeped in tradition and folklore. Chimayó is home to a pilgrimage church and nearby sacred sites, internationally renowned weavers, locally crafted artwork and savory northern New Mexico cuisine.

One legend tells us that Chimayó means "the place where three rivers meet" in the ancient Tewa language. Other storytellers claim that the village is named after T'si Mayoh, the Hill of the East which overlooks the valley. Whatever tradition appeals to you, Chimayó is undoubtedly an incomparable opportunity to immerse yourself in New Mexico heritage and tradition.

Founded by the Ortega, Martinez, Chavez, Trujillo, Lopez, and Vigil families whose 3,000 descendents still live there, Chimayó's heritage encompasses collective struggle and triumph, self-sufficiency and interdependence, spirituality, culture and art.

Any tour of Chimayo, whether self-led (you can use our Heritage Chimayo Tour Map and Guide) or in the company of a knowledgeable expert, takes you out of the 21st Century and into a world still deeply guided by family bonds and local beliefs.
Historic Marker Santuario de Chimayo

Chimayó Tours

Heritage Hotels & Resorts is pleased to support and promote the Chimayó community. We encourage visitors to experience Chimayó by touring the village in person. Following are three options to visit Chimayó:

Personalized Chimayó Tours with Local Guide

Drive yourself to Chimayó and meet up with eleventh-generation Chimayó native, Maria Lorraine Vigil. She will lead you on a 90-minute custom guided tour, showcasing scenic beauty, culture, community, spirituality and history. The cost of this tour is $40/person, and advanced reservations are required. To plan your Chimayó tour, visit www.chimayotours.com or contact Maria Lorraine Vigil directly at 505-614-6462 or email: mlvculturalservices@yahoo.com.

Chimayó Group Tours (including transportation from Santa Fe)

If you would rather not drive to Chimayó on your own, local tour company Great Southwest Adventures offers a daily 4-hour Chimayó guided tour. The tour is led, like the personalized tour, by Maria Lorraine Vigil. The tour departs Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe at 8 am and returns at 12 pm. An optional lunch package is also available at Rancho de Chimayo. The cost of this tour is $90/person, including transportation and light refreshments. A minimum of four people is required, and reservations must be made in advance. To learn more, visit www.swadventures.com or contact Great Southwest Adventures at 505-455-2700 or email: swadventures@hotmail.com.

Self-Guided Chimayó Tour

Discover the beauty and history of Chimayó on your own with a self-discovery tour, available by downloading our Chimayó Tour Map and Guide. Artists featured at Hotel Chimayó are highlighted in the guide.
Lobby Original Artwork & Furnishings Celebrating Chimayo Artistry

Why Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe?

Why has Heritage Hotels & Resorts embraced Chimayó in this way? Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe believes that connecting you with the artistic, culinary and spiritual traditions of northern New Mexico will transform you and help preserve the distinctive heritage of this long-standing, tight-knit community for future generations to enjoy.

Consequently, a percentage of Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe’s room revenue profits are donated to the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association to aid in its mission of growing an archive of historical photographs and documents of Chimayó, recording oral histories, maintaining its historic buildings, and increasing community awareness of local history and culture. Visitors may also make additional donations to the group by visiting Chimayomuseum.org.