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Prehistoric Art Near Loreto

Mexico has been charming tourists who visit its remarkable destinations for decades with a winning combination of breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating history and rich cultural traditions. It is likely that, as a Club Caribe member, you already know that the Caribbean coast of Mexico is home to several awe-inspiring historical sites where you can explore the captivating pre-hispanic past of the area.  What you may not be aware of, however, is that the country of Mexico as a whole boasts countless other significant historical sites that are worth visiting, too. For example, the prehistoric cave paintings found close to the Islands of Loreto offer an alluring and beautiful glimpse into the past.  

Several inspiring cave paintings are located within the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains that surround the breathtaking coastline of Loréto, where Club Caribe members are able to make reservations for accommodation at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto using their club points.  Although some of the most famous cave paintings are located in Altamira, Spain and Lascaux, France, the ones found near Loreto are even larger, which date back more than one thousand years ago and were produced by indigenous locals who once occupied the region.  Protected by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), these incredible murals provide a terrific reason for Club Caribe members to vacation in nearby Loreto.

 

The region is home to several important sites, including the caves of the Sierra de Guadalupe found in the El Vizcaino Desert, where some of the world’s most noteworthy cave drawings reside.  The ancient murals portray scenes of men taking part in activities like hunting, with a clear focus on the renewal of life and magic.  Although their precise meanings will never be known, these depictions allow us to view some of the area’s most engaging pieces of art and history.   

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Roughly 9 miles west of Loreto, you will find the Cuevas Pintas, where abstract drawings with shapes and figures that represent the distinctive ancient cultures of the peninsula can be seen.  These depictions in red, yellow, black and white used to be a popular site for visitors to the area; however, severe flooding made them unreachable by humans.  Thankfully, the government stepped in to help restore the painted caves, and current efforts will make them available to the public again soon.  

Some particularly outstanding sites in the region include La Pingüica, which features painted artworks that were created more than 10,000 years ago along the rocks and canyons, and Cueva La Pintada, where some of the finest cave paintings on Earth are on natural display.  

Using the wall of a cliff as their canvas, the artists painted dozens of scenes containing diverse images of humans, not to mention wildlife including reptiles and several bird species.  These phenomenal cave paintings are as moving as they are astonishing.  If you would like to see these captivating sites for yourself, you can book a guided tour (which are given throughout the year) with the tour agency at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.