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Prehistoric Cave Paintings Near the Islands of Loréto

For decades, visitors have been flocking to Mexico’s major tourist destinations in search of the vibrant culture, rich history and stunning landscapes that are so characteristic of the Latin American nation.  With incredible attractions like the ancient Mayan ruins, underground cenotes and sun-filled beaches, it is no wonder travelers become enamored when visiting places like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.

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As a Club Caribe member, you’ve probably spent endless hours touring the various historical landmarks that pepper the Caribbean coast of Mexico, and while one could spend ages drenched in the pre-hispanic history that blankets the region, there are a number of other important historical sites throughout the whole of Mexico that are well worth the time.  The prehistoric cave paintings near the Islands of Loréto, for example, are a gift from the past that take us on an amazing journey of revelation and discovery.

Just a short distance from Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loréto, where Club Caribe members can use their club points for reservations, a variety of cave paintings spread out among the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains that hug the coast of Loreto’s shoreline.  Larger than the well-known images found in Altamira, Spain and Lascaux, France, these Aboriginal cave drawings offer insight into the interesting lives of the individuals who once inhabited the land more than one thousand years ago.  The murals, which are under special protection by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), create an awe-inspiring reason for Club Caribe members to visit the area.

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The various sites throughout the region include the caves of the Sierra de Guadalupe, in the El Vizcaino Desert, which are home to some of the most important cave drawings in the world.  The ancient images show men engrossed in activities such as hunting, magic and the renewal of life.  While their exact significance is still unclear, they give us a look into the beautiful history that marks the region.  

To the west of Loreto, about 9 miles away, are the Cuevas Pintas which feature abstract figures linked to the peninsular cultures that once inhabited the land. The black, red, white and yellow images were once a great source of attraction, but after a devastating flood they were left inaccessible to man.  With help from the government, restoration efforts are underway, which will make the painted caves an accessible sight to see in the near future.

Among local favorites is La Pingüica, an archeological site that showcases the works of artists who painted the rocks and canyons some 10,000 years ago and Cueva La Pintada, which houses some of the best examples of cave paintings in the world.

This incredible site features dozens of images of humans in diverse positions, as well as a number of different birds, reptiles and other animals, strewn on the wall of a cliff.  The majestic cave paintings are both mesmerizing and inspiration.  For guests interested in visiting the sites, guided tours are available all year round and can be booked through the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loréto tour agency.

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