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Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)

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Address: La Paz, Ensenada, Mexico
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These old rock paintings are losing their lustre, but are still worth the trip to see. The only other similar paintings that I am familiar with are above Loreto

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Papafish92037
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La Jolla, California

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The coordinates on the trip advisor map/directions were totally wrong. 😜 It took us to a trash dump in the town of Ensenada. I guess you will need to use other directions to find the cave paintings. I think it is actually a number of hours away.

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

These old rock paintings are losing their lustre, but are still worth the trip to see. The only other similar paintings that I am familiar with are above Loreto

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Port Townsend, Wa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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