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Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)

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Address: La Paz, Ensenada, Mexico

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Easy walk

If you are on the road going N or S here in Catavina you have a great opportunity to see ancient cave painting. Also if you look around you will see BLUE Palm trees. Only place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Tijuana, Mexico
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Tijuana, Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you are on the road going N or S here in Catavina you have a great opportunity to see ancient cave painting. Also if you look around you will see BLUE Palm trees. Only place in BAJA where you can find them.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's located right around kilometer marker 179 and is just before you hit the Desert Inn Hotel. You can't miss it because it's just beyond the abandoned museum which was housed in a small "biosphere" which you can see from the street. You can walk to the cave painting site from the biosphere but there is a parking lot just... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

the coordinates are completely wrong, a suburb, no desert, no prehistorical paintings... :-(.. no idea where to go to find the place.

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Davis, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Having done three road trips down the Baja, this is a must see each time...it is time standing still as you climb the very easy short trail to the cave paintings...lots of color very well preserved...a must see and a convenient turn out...even has a restroom facility at the parking area...

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Las Ventas con Pena Aguilera, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

kat-ah-VEEN-yah, correctly spelled Cataviña. 76 miles south of El Rosario on Mex 1. There is a nice hotel there, The Desert Inn. IMHO the area offers the best interior desert scenery on the entire peninsula. Cactus and Rocks. It is a national park. But the painting rate a 3. For spectacular paintings go to San Ignacio (500 miles from Tijuana)... More 

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Ensenada, Mexico
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32 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

It's a small cave with the rock paintings getting to them is of relative easy access therefore I would definitely recommend a stop whenever passing through the area. My favorite thing is looking from the cave to the river wash with the blue palms and towards the road and imagining how cave men would find shelter in that same place,... More 

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San Diego, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Too few, indistinct paintings, didn't make the effort worth it in retrospect. Tough climb if your elderly and cramped space under boulders to see Las pintas.

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Ensenada, Mexico
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

These are 10,000 year old cave paintings. Unlike most in the Baja Penninsula, these are very near the main north-south road of the penninsual, so you can park your car and walk there. 1/4 mile maybe. It is a steep and awkward climb up to the cave with the painints. If you go to the little history musuem in Ensenada... More 

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Rock paintings are in a small cave at the top of a zig-zag approach.

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