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Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)

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Address: La Paz, Ensenada, 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 bubblesReviewed 14 July 2016
San Diego
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This cultural/historical site is a nice stop along travels north or south. Directions from outdated guide books are confusing. The place is now well marked with a sign (NOT the stop at the geodesic dome, but the next stop south at KM 171. The trail is well marked, with informational signs and pit toilets. This area also has blue palm... More 

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Baja California, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I found a painting off the normal trail on the other side of the highway that was in a craved out boulder with a women having a baby with a face that I will never forget.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 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 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 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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