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Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)

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Address: La Paz, Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality, Mexico

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Small Example but Worthy!

These cave paintings are very interesting though they don't have the size or the imagery of their larger cousins further south. However, they are so easy to visit and in such a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2016
San Diego
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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

These cave paintings are very interesting though they don't have the size or the imagery of their larger cousins further south. However, they are so easy to visit and in such a beautiful area full of life that I highly recommend seeing them on your drive south or north.

Thank Calsur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

North of catevina three miles and catevina is THE place to stay if near there at night. Great cave paintings, lots in area and in a semi river bottom area. Worth seeing.

Thank OkJustjeff
Baja California, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

From the California border and for 600 miles south, there are spectacular rock carvings and colorful rock paintings. These are thought to be at least 10,000 to 13,000 years old. They are leavings of the first peoples who entered the Americas. Many are close enough for the traveler to find themselves. The really special ones are further in.There are certified... More 

Thank lpdh1937
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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.

2 Thank CAcurlygirl
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

Thank Papafish92037
Port Townsend, Wa
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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 

3 Thank RestlessFeet
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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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.

1 Thank bajajulio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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