Duration: 1-3 Days | Activity Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Daily Mileage: 10 – 58 mi |  Daily Biking: 2 – 5 hr | Small Groups: 16

Experience New Mexico’s only All-Inclusive Bicycle Adventure Showcasing the World-Famous Pilgrimage to Chimayó.

On Good Friday (and Holy Week) of each year, thousands of pilgrims make the journey to El Santuario de Chimayó, a beautiful and sacred shrine in the Sangre de Christo mountains of Northern New Mexico known for the well of healing earth (El Pocito) it contains. Faithful pilgrims sometimes journey hundreds of miles across the high-desert landscapes of NM to reach the Santuario. By Good Friday, the highways north of Santa Fe are lined with the striking sight of people carrying crosses, ofrendas (offerings), and flowers.

 

This year on Good Friday (March 30, 2018), Routes Bicycle Tours of New Mexico debuts a new travel experience that will forever change the journey to Chimayó.

Join our expert local guides as we make the sacred, amazing, and visually stunning pilgrimage to Chimayó for the first time by bicycle! This annual pilgrimage is impossible to experience by automobile or bus and passes through sacred pueblo lands that are typically closed to public group access.

Routes is proud to have the distinction of being the first and only tour company with the skill, the expertly-designed route, and Pueblo permission to make (and elevate) this annual pilgrimage by bicycle.


Highlights

– Our intimate journey begins at the historic La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Santa Fe over breakfast and yoga.

– After warming up in the hotel’s beautiful Santa Fe Room, we’ll join the pilgrims and pedal 28 miles north along ‘The High Road to Taos’ (a spectacular Scenic Byway) to the Santuario.

– In Chimayó we’ll witness the church’s Good Friday processionals, meet local artisans, and taste the heirloom red & green chiles for which Northern New Mexico is famous.

– We’ll also enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at the Santuario (and a bit of free time) before returning to Santa Fe by-bike through the beautiful and sacred landscapes of the Nambe and Tesuque Pueblos.

– Before saying goodbye and continuing on our own personal journeys, we’ll cap our experience with a local sparkling wine tasting and social at the elegant Gruet Winery Tasting Room.

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Routes’ Chimayó Sacred Sights Bicycle Adventure Tour is an all-inclusive experience and can be upgraded with an Extended Multi-Day Stay and Tour Package that includes two room nights at La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel, a local craft beer tasting, a delicious New Mexican dinner at one of Santa Fe’s top-rated restaurants, and a guided City & Art Bicycle Tour of Santa Fe, The City Different.

 

 

Routes Adventure Tour – Santa Fe to Chimayó Sacred Sights Experience

Your Sacred Sights Adventure Tour (One-Day Package) includes a continental breakfast, morning yoga to prepare for the ride ahead, a premium road or touring hybrid rental for the day, bottled water, Lunchtime in Chimayó with a healthy and locally-sourced gourmet picnic lunch including a New Mexico chile tasting, picturesque scenery and grounds tours at each location, a  commemorative memento from your adventure, and a champagne tasting reception at the Gruet Tasting Room in Downtown Santa Fe.

Our local guides and support van are at your service throughout to facilitate this entirely unique and authentic experience of our beautiful state and culture.


Tour Details

Time: 6:15am – 5:30pm

Distance: 58mi round-trip from Routes Bicycle Tours SFe

Difficulty Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Riders should be comfortable with a longer-distance bicycle ride alongside vehicles, and at higher elevations with grade-changes (a support-and-gear vehicle is available).

Other:

– Our March 30th tour coincides with the Good Friday Pilgrimage. This journey to Chimayó is a highly-sacred experience for many pilgrims. In keeping with this, your Routes guides will maintain a slower, contemplative pace on the way to the Santuario which will allow us more time to take in the pilgrims and the surrounding landscapes. We ask the group to respect the sacred intent and beautiful essence of this shared journey.

– Guests must be at least 21 to partake in the optional craft beer and wine tasting portions of the tour. Please bring a valid I.D.

– A detailed trip itinerary will be included with your ticket confirmation. Tour guide gratuity is not included in the ticket price and is always appreciated.

Cost: $447 pp (One-Day Tour)

2018 Dates: March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

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Make a weekend out of your Chimayo Bicycle Pilgrimage!

Our Extended Stay Sacred Sights Package is available to further elevate your travel experience and includes the following Itinerary items:

– Two nights at the historic La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Santa Fe, 3/29 and 3/30/2018 with breakfasts included.

– Our signature Santa Fe City Art & History Bicycle Tour (2 hour all-level adventure through the City Different).

– A guided tasting of Local Craft Beers in the La Fiesta Lounge following your Santa Fe City Tour.

– A traditional New Mexican Dinner at La Choza Restaurant (consistently voted one of Santa Fe’s top restaurants).

– Routes’ concierge booking service / agents available throughout.


Tour Details

Time & Date: 3/29 check-in – 3/31/18 departure

Distance: 65mi trip total; 58mi Chimayo Tour and 7mi Santa Fe City Tour

Cost:

  • Extended Package, double-occupancy room: $947/pp*
  • Extended Package, Private Room (single occupant): $1,217/pp

 

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*Please note, rooms are based on double occupancy (two people per room). Routes will pair roommates of the same gender for solo guests. You may also choose to upgrade to a private room when booking. Please speak with your Routes Adviser to discuss your room arrangements.

 

Tour Packages and Options

Your Sacred Sights Adventure Tour One-Day Package includes a continental breakfast & yoga, your premium road or touring hybrid rental for the day (and all associated equipment), bottled water, an heirloom chile tasting & gourmet picnic lunch in Chimayó, all grounds tours & related experiences, a special memento to take home with you, and a sparkling wine tasting / reception to follow the tour. Our local guides are at your service throughout to facilitate this unique and authentic experience of our beautiful state and culture.

An Extended Multi-Day Stay Package is also available to further elevate your travel experience and includes 2 nights at the award-winning La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel, a private guided bicycle tour of Santa Fe, a local craft beer tasting, and a traditional New Mexican dinner experience at one of Santa Fe’s most beloved restaurants.

Cost: $447 pp (Base), $947-$1,217 pp (Extended Stay)

Book your Chimayo Bike Tour Today!


*Please note, rooms are based on double occupancy (two people per room). Routes will pair roommates of the same gender for solo guests. You may also choose to upgrade to a private room when booking. Please speak with your Routes Adviser to discuss your room arrangements.

 

 

Chimayo Pilgrimage Bicycle Tour Photo Gallery

About Chimayó

El Santuario de Chimayó is a National Historic Landmark and has been a place of worship since long before its construction in 1813.

Generations of Native Americans, Hispanics, New Mexicans, and people of all faiths from around the world have traveled to the site of El Santuario to ask for healing and to offer prayers of thanksgiving and petition in hope of a miracle.

El Santuario (often referred to as the ‘Lourdes of North America’) currently receives over 300,000 visitors per year, and is one of the most significant Catholic pilgrimage sites in the United States.

A History of Miracles

According to legend, the Penitente Brotherhood was engaged in religious rites on Good Friday in 1810 when one of them saw a mysterious light emanating from a nearby valley.

They investigated and found a half-buried crucifix in the sand. The men sent for a priest, Fray Sebastián Alvarez, in nearby Santa Cruz. Fray Sebastián had the wooden crucifix moved to his church, but it vanished by the next morning and reappeared at the original site. The brothers tried to move the crucifix twice more with the same result before concluding it should remain where it was found.

In 1813, Don Bernardo Abeyta successfully petitioned the residents of El Portero (the communal pasture of Chimayó) for permission to construct a chapel dedicated to Our Lord of Esquipulas at the site.

Architecture & Art

Built of adobe bricks in the Spanish Colonial style, El Santuario de Chimayó is one of the most beautiful and unique churches in the State of New Mexico.

Situated near the Santa Cruz river in the shadow of ‘Tsi-Mayoh’ (one of four hills sacred to the native Tewa people, for which the town is named), the church features hand-carved wooden doors, vigas (beams), and accents; a beautiful churchyard lined with flowers and juniper trees; and is embellished inside with historic, hand-painted retablos (depictions of saints), statues, and colorful religious artwork.

The Santuario is also home to a shrine that twinkles year-round with candles of intention, and is filled with various ‘cast-off’ objects (crutches, casts, etc.) from people who have been healed by the earth of El Pocito. A visit to Chimayó is truly an experience of a lifetime, and one you’ll never forget.

Duration: 1-3 Days | Activity Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Daily Mileage: 10 – 58 mi |  Daily Biking: 2 – 5 hr | Small Groups: 16