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Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)

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Address: La Paz, Ensenada, Mexico

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A glimpse at 10,000 years ago

Apparently no one is sure who painted this rock art. Even the native people who met Spanish explorers in the 1500s claimed no ancestral connection to the artists. Unlike most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Port Townsend, Wa
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Port Townsend, Wa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Apparently no one is sure who painted this rock art. Even the native people who met Spanish explorers in the 1500s claimed no ancestral connection to the artists. Unlike most cave art in BC, these paintings are only a short distance from the highway, though there is a somewhat steep and slippery climb to reach them. Beautiful view across the... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I have been to the remote, high desert Gran Mural rock art in the Sierra San Franciscos south of Catavina by mule. But this small cave at mile marker 176 has a well marker trail, placards with historical information about the Cochimi indigenous people and bathrooms. There's even a picnic table. The rock art in this cave is very beautiful….it... More 

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oakland, CA USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a terrific little hike just off the road between El Rosario and Ensenada, Baja CA, Mexico. A fairly easy trail leads to a small cave opening that you have to crawl into to reveal an intriguing set of colorful cave paintings. The symbols include vibrant swirls and people and animals. It is also a very photogenic area. If... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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28 reviews 28 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
33 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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