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World Heritage Cave Paintings
The Sierra San Francisco is one of Baja’s World Heritage areas for its giant mysterious Rock Paintings. Ride a mule or hike for 5 days, immersed in a traditional ranching culture and its landscape, including 10,000+ year old rock art with mysterious origins.
To get there from Loreto, we ride in a private van to San Ignacio, past Baja’s most recent eruption, the Tres Virgines volcano. Visit the San Ignacio mission with its impressive stonework and its well-labeled garden of native plants, and the town square lined with huge trees. Stay at the Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast by the freshwater lagoon to an amusing chorus of coots and bullfrogs.
Stay here again on the way back to Loreto.
Transition back in time as we drive into the Sierra San Francisco, into some of Baja’s most rugged terrain. According to UNESCO’s website, “From c. 100 B.C. to A.D. 1300, the Sierra de San Francisco (in the El Vizcaino reserve, in Baja California) was home to a people who have now disappeared but who left one of the most outstanding collections of rock paintings in the world.”
Meet your cowboy guides who, along with your SKBM guides, will take you deep into the canyon and to the painted caves. The way is rough and steep but the mules are sure-footed. Cave paintings are accessible only by foot, which does require a moderate degree of fitness and confidence on loose terrain along sometimes steep canyon walls. Hiking the entire trip is also an option for the fit.
Honestly, we never intended to offer mule trips, but we went ourselves to tick it off the bucket list, and were absolutely enthralled, not just by the cave art and the birds, but even more by the ranch culture that has survived relatively unchanged for hundreds of years in this rugged land. We went with the legendary Trudi Angell, of Saddling South, with whom we are contracting to provide this trip. (If you can’t make this trip but want to ride another time, we highly recommend her trips!)
For a kayaking & mule trip combo please see Islands & Cave Art Combo.