We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Ancient Baja rock carving and painting”

Reviewed 17 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 guides at many of the larger towns onthe way down the Baja peninsula. Where they are shaded from the sun, these paintings are very colorful. The drawings are accurate depictions of people, animals and sealife. If this type of travel interests you, it is a must-see. Best time of year is from late October to early April.

Thank lpdh1937
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (25)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

5 - 9 of 25 reviews

Reviewed 3 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.

2  Thank CAcurlygirl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 desert from the top, where the cave is located.

4  Thank RestlessFeet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 doesn't have the recognizable human and animal figure of the Santa Teresa canyon art of Rancho San Francisco but the effort to see this cave in Catavina is very easy. No one should drive past this cave without viewing these well protected paintings. I have driven to Baja many times and have passed through Catavina without taking a walk there and I think this is a great place to walk and see the plants, rocks and the amazing bonus of this small cave.

If you're driving south, your next quick stop should be Cocos Colima, a small coconut stand where you can get fresh coconut water, and I think other drinks and snacks too. David's place is colorful and has lots of his sweet folk art in orange and green….I'll include a few photos here. Ask him to show you his snakeskin belt collections and note his orange boots! Gets boring out in the desert so lots of painting going on here. But actually this guy is probably never bored…so much fun! Cocos Colima is a few buildings north of Catavina on the east side of the road. It's set pretty far back off the road but look for all the orange and lime green paint!

2  Thank vdeva1948
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas) also viewed

Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality
Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality
 
Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality
Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality
 

Been to Catavina Rock Paintings (Las Pintas)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing