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cataviña, oasis in the desert , baja california

Cataviña is a small town located on Highway 1 in the Mexican state of Baja California. It is located 125 kilometers south of the town of El Rosario and 110 kilometers north of Punta Prieta Whereabouts, where part of the road to Bahia de los Angeles. The name is originally Cataviña Cochimí, but its significance is unknown.

The local economy depends mainly on tourism, and the Services provided to motorists who drive on the road.

It has a top quality hotel developed by the National Fund for Tourism Development of the Mexican government in its vicinity are some rock paintings and a field of giant rocks, which mixed with desert vegetation make the area a much-visited for ecotourism lovers.

Palmerito The Park is dedicated to the conservation of flora and fauna of Cataviña, central Baja California. Nature trails, a small museum, comfortable sanitary, ecologically planned and allow camping spaces marked for visitors to discover the wonders of the Central Desert and have the opportunity to collaborate in preserving this area for future generations.

The term "rock art" refers to the paintings and engravings found on rock shelters and fronts and depressions practiced on the surface of the rock, which probably had a ceremonial function for the human groups that performed. Such demonstrations are found mainly in natural cavities and in the safeguards that are stacks of rocks such as granite outcrops.

The designs of paintings that will witness in the central desert area are geometric and anthropomorphic figures are schematic in nature, whose size is variable, but do not exceed fifty centimeters. At several points it is apparent that the paintings are layered with other, indicating that certain places were taken over time for several generations.

Getting there
If you take the Highway Ensenada - La Paz, 372 km south of Ensenada you will find the tourist center of Cataviña, BC The rock paintings are 400 m from the left side of the roadside, just before reaching the hotel La Pinta in this hostel. A 22 km from the inn, east of the highway, is located at Mission Santa Maria de los Angeles Cabujacaamang and Oasis in Santa Maria

Cataviña offers excellent opportunities for mountain climbing, mountain biking or camping. On the road, you'll find The Oasis Santa Maria, where the ruins of the last mission of the Jesuits in the Peninsula (Santa Maria de Los Angeles Cabujacaamag) are largely intact. Other places to see are large concentrations of "Blue Palmas" and La Poza Bracket, a nature reserve located between giant granite rocks.


These pictographs were probably made by indigenous cochimíes who lived here thousands of years ago.

There are several theories that attempt to explain the objectives of these early performances of art. These revolve around witchcraft and religious purposes. Other latest matches directly explain that merely served as records of important events.

With radiocarbon testing has been calculated that these petroglyphs were created over 5000 years ago.

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