Baja California’s Rock Paintings
In this article we want to share with you the prehistoric legacy of Baja California; throughout the state you will find many places where the ancient population left signs of their way of life on rocks… rock paintings.
A very popular spot is “El Vallecito” located in the Sierra of Juarez western slope, 3.7miles west of “La Rumorosa” village and 4.9 miles south of US border. This place as up to 18 groups of paintings and just 6 are available to the public. The Kumiai ethnical group made these paintings. It most famous paint is “El Diablito” (The Little Devil) a red draw with two undulated lines over the head as horns. Its popularity is not only because the draw composition but its role as calendar mark; in the morning of the winter solstice enters a light in the draw’s shelter and illuminate just and only the Diablito eyes.
Also in San Vicente Ferrer Village a 32.8ft wall shows many petro glyphs, the designs are all geometric and their meaning not yet understood. They are perhaps the best-preserved paintings in the Norwest of Mexico.
“Las Pintas” is the next stop in this historical trip; huge rocks between two hills are the place where you will find hundreds of drawings. This is a beautiful place due to the desert environment that surrounds it.
Southeast of Ensenada, in the Cataviña town you will find the Painted Cave of Cataviña that contains amazing murals. More than a cave it is a 9.8ft large tunnel under a colossal hanging rock. The semi spherical roof shows dozens of triangles, squares, rectangles, concentric circles and suns like the ones founded in El Vallecito.
Baja California shows its magnificence in many ways; it does not matter if you want to practice extreme sports, taste good wine and food, camp, visit night clubs or have a cultural getaway… you can experienced all in this Mexican state.