All About Baja - Travel Guide to Baja, Mexico

 

Cataviña, Baja
Baja Mexico travel guide.

 

Cataviña - La Pinta Desert Inn - The only decent hotel in Cataviña.

Rock and cactus together in  Cataviña.

 

 


Cataviña - Strange, almost unworldly, rock are piled everywhere in Cataviña.

Giant rocks are everywhere in Cataviña.

 

Cataviña located 76 miles south of El Rosario, is another one of those special places in Baja.  Hardly more than a few motels and a couple of simple restaurants, Cataviña receives more than it's fair share of conversation whenever the topic of driving in Baja comes up.  Cataviña, it seems, is easily remembered by almost all who drive the peninsula. 

If you didn't know where you were, and woke up 200 yards from the highway anywhere in Cataviña, you would probably think that you were on another planet.  The thousands of magnificent, building sized boulders and gigantic rock formations will absolutely blow you away.  This area is known as Baja's rock garden and you will certainly know why, if your eyes are open.  

There is not a whole lot to do in Cataviña, the desert and the giant rocks are what makes Cataviña unique. There are some minor cave paintings a  half mile north of Cataviña.  That and maybe an early morning desert walk are about, it unless you happen to have a dirt bike or ATV.  This is a great area for riding (with care and a portable GPS) with many trails into the surrounding desert.  For those staying overnight here who like to gaze at the stars, you will be hard pressed to find a better place until you get much further south.

The real Pemex station here has been closed for years, although they added a gas pump with a Pemex sign at the hotel, across the street.  I can't remember the last time they sold any gas from that pump. 

So, back across the street you go, where you will find numerous vendors selling gas out of barrels, bottles, drums and almost anything else that will hold gas.  The gas isn't cheap and the vendors can be rather messy, but what other choice do you have if you need gas...none! 

 

For some unknown reason it seems like more folks arrive in Cataviña running on fumes (out of gas) than any other place in Baja. The next gas to the north is almost 2 hours away in El Rosario.  To the south, the next station is in Villa Jesús Maria about 120 miles, over 2 hours away.

The best accommodations are definitely the at the Hotel Misión (used to be the La Pinta Desert Inn).  This hotel has 56 rooms, a pool and a fair to good restaurant.  They sell cold soft drinks and snacks, offer (satellite) long distance calls (it's expensive) and normally they accept credit cards.  You can inquire at the hotel about a tour to the cave paintings.  There are a couple of other small motels nearby (of questionable quality).  On a recent trip I had to try one of the other motels (the Desert Inn was full)  and I ended up getting my money back and driving on because there were so many mosquitoes in the room  and they had no bug spray in the office.

A lot of drivers seem to end up spending the night here after a really long drive in either direction.  Because the Hotel Misión can easily become full around dusk (remember driving rule #1), this is one of those remote locations that I do recommend you make reservations for.  Driving north or south from Cataviña, after dark, is definitely not on the high on recommended list of things to do in Baja.

Cataviña is an fairly easy first day destination from the border (7-8 hrs).  It's a really long day of driving from Cabo (15 hrs) or La Paz 13 hrs), if you are going north.

Cataviña location on satellite map.
Guerrero Negro

El Rosario

Cataviña Videos

Home - AllAboutBaja.com 

Tijuana | Rosarito Beach | Ensenada | Tecate | Mexicali | San Felipe | San Quintín | El Rosario | Cataviña | Bahía San Luis Gonzaga | Bahía de Los Angeles | Santa Rosalillita

    Guerrero Negro | San Ignacio | Santa Rosalía | Mulegé | Bahía Concepción |
Loreto | San Javier | Puerto Escondido | San Juanico - Scorpion Bay | Ciudad Constitucíon | La Paz

  Todos Santos | Pescadero & Playa Cerritos | The East Cape | Cabo Pulmo | Cabo San Lucas | San Jose del CaboThe Sea of Cortez | The Pacific Side | Baja Video Library | City Guide Index

About This Site | Baja Activities | Cave Paintings of Baja | Whales of Baja | Golf in Baja | Is Baja Safe | Baja Maps | How do I get to Baja? | Driving in Baja | Baja Mileage Chart | Weather Info & Links

Baja Discount Offers | All About Baja | Living in Baja | Baja Real Estate | FAQ'S | Preparing for your Journey | Web Cams of Baja | Great Baja Links | Oddities of Baja | Spanish for Travelers | Miscellaneous Info

Copyright © 2012 - 2013  AllAboutBaja.com - The complete travel guide to the incredible Baja peninsula.