Hidden Treasures: Cave Paintings in Baja

Baja California is home to outstanding cultural treasures dating back to prehistoric times. Located in the Sierra de Guadalupe in Mulegé, lies the World Heritage rock paintings. These treasures are part of the mural tradition of the Sierra San Francisco. These Cave Paintings in Baja close to Costa Palmas are one of the most outstanding concentrations of prehistoric art in the world.

Painted by a pre-Hispanic group in the region known as the Cochimies the cave paintings in Baja date back from 100 BC to 1300 AD. Though much about the indigenous group is a mystery, the legacy of their existence is a treasure on the Baja. Furthermore, the composition, size and impressive artistic precision give us more insight. We can see an elevated and sophisticated culture dating back to ancient times.

Approximately 750 cave paintings cover the walls and ceilings in protected caves. Additionally, these cave paintings in Baja are particularly well preserved. This is due to the dry Baja climate and the inaccessibility of the site. Subsequently, this protection has kept the paintings vibrant and colorful.

Moreover, the vibrant cave paintings primarily consist of human figures and many animal species. This gives a unique perspective on the relationship between humans and their environment. Recently, local photographer Josafat de la Toba visited the cave creations. Below you will find some of the amazing photographs he shared with us.

Lastly, cave paintings are part of the larger Sierra de San Francisco mountain range. These works divide into four main groups. These include Guadalupe, Santa Teresa, San Gregorio and Cerritos. In total, the art covers an area of 183,956 hectares (454,565 acres) with over 400 sites recorded.

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Celebrate and discover the history and wonder that Cave Paintings in Baja California has to offer. Join Costa Palmas on this adventure, won’t you?

Sunday, August 25, 2019