Welcoming tens of thousands of Catholic pilgrims each year, El Santuario de Chimayo is known as a place of miracles and healing. The church itself was built after a Roman Catholic priest performing penances saw a beam of light burst from a nearby hillside—when he went to investigate, he discovered a buried crucifix. The sweet little adobe structure, decorated in the style of the region, makes a lovely excursion on its own, but most people come here to collect vials of Chimayó’s healing soil, which reportedly cures everything from cancer to infertility to back pain.

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