Colors of Chimayo Day Tour
Join Heritage Inspirations & Santa Fe Art Tours along this Cultural Corridor
Journey north of Santa Fe to the historic village of Chimayo, a sacred place that is said to offer Holy Dirt with healing properties of legends told healing the lame and sick. The traditional adobe historic shrine of Santuario de Chimayo was built between 1813 and 1816. We will visit the Santuario and learn about the most important pilgrimages sites in the United States. We meet the Medina family, native Chimayo artists and farmers representing eight generations in this region. Spark your pallet with the sacred Chimayo Chile tasting from Carlitos Medina who shares his chile heirlooms and blends in the half shell of a pistachio nut and explains his secret cooking recipes. Sharon Candelario shares her traditional tinwork, an art that dates back to the 1800s. Her etching and blackening illustrate the creative and talented residents of this quaint village. Her unique design of tin work is known at the Candelario Trade Mark.
Experience the modern and traditional weaving of this region and tour the hand woven tapestry of wool creations using natural and custom dyed yarns. We visit Ortega’s Weaving Shop & Centinelas Traditional Styles showcasing over nine generation of weaving skill and technique.
Spend the day with Angelisa Espinoza, owner of Heritage Inspirations and Elaine Ritchel, owner of Santa Fe Art Tours collaborating their expertise to share a colorful and cultural day in Santa Fe. Guests have the opportunity to meet Angelisa in Taos to drive along the historical High Road to meet Elaine traveling from Santa Fe offering travelers a flexibility in their pick up locations. For those staying in Santa Fe, meet Elaine at Hotel Chimayo near the Santa Fe Plaza. From there, head north through scenic Tesuque Village, where you’ll stop at an art gallery or an artist’s studio for a mindful looking experience before continuing on to Chimayo. For those meeting in Taos, meet Angelisa in the lobby at El Monte Sagrado Resort and journey along the historical High Road to Chimayo.
Who: All adults and children 12+ are welcome. If you have younger children, please contact us directly to discuss tour options.
When: Available on select Saturday afternoons and by request. Please see our calendar for scheduled tours.
Where: Colors of Chimayo departs from Santa Fe and Taos. Our meeting location will be provided in your confirmation email at the time of booking.
How long: We’ll depart at 9:00 am, and you’ll be back in either Santa Fe or Taos at approximately 3:30 pm.
How much: $199 per person plus tax. Includes transportation, all studio visits, chile tasting, lunch, and bottled water.
Please note that the exact route and selection of artisans’ studios may vary.
Being at high elevations we suggest you prepare for the bold sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Come in comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing due to weather that can often change unexpectedly without notice. Bringing a rain layer is always recommended.