Chimayo Experiences

Explore Historic Chimayó, New Mexico

Just 30 minutes north of our Santa Fe hotel 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.

Supporting Local Communities

Heritage Hotels & Resorts and our boutique Santa Fe hotel believe 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.

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.

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