Chimayo is the name of a hill in New Mexico believed by the Native Americans to have sacred healing powers within its soil. In 1816, as the indigenous area was settled by Christians, a wealthy landowner built a chapel on the site that stands to this day. Now run by the Catholic Church, El Santuario de Chimayo houses a room where the original holy dirt is accessible to anyone who makes the pilgrimage.
Hundreds of thousands of people come to Chimayo each year. It is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in North America. Attested to by the crutches and other physical evidence of healing left behind in the inner holy shrine, many people claim that by rubbing the dirt on their injured and ailing bodies, they have been miraculously healed.
Could the dirt at this holy site in New Mexico have mystical powers? And could those powers be so great they cured a young woman of cancer?