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EL VALLECITO MUSEUM


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HOW TO GET THERE

It's located in the most high part of the Sierra Juárez, on the north of Baja California State. The way to get there is by using the Federal Highway No. 2 Mexicali-Tijuana, until get to a little town called La Rumorosa in Km. 73, then keep your way to the north side taking a breach that past away the El Chipo Restaurant, that directly take you to the arqueology zone, getting through by the Santa María del Oro Ranch ahead in Km. 3.

ORIGIN

Around three thousand years ago, penetrated in Baja California State various migrating groups, they were the Yumanos, wich came from the South of United States. The Prehistoric natives were nomad, hunters and collectors; when the time past the village got divided in groups, each one got some territory, where in looking of subsistence resources that the nature proportioned them. Between the first colonists there were few groups like Kumiai, which lived since the coast to the Highlands. As collectors, they go over all their territory looking for fruit and seeds, such like the acorn, the pinion and the little apple. They make use of the rocky preservations to protect themself of the natural elements, moreover if near of it where water large earthen jar and enough nourishment (food), in these places they make temporary camps, where they stayed a short time. As their handprint on their way these groups of natives left all over, kind of grinder=mortero= in which they grinded grains and seeds and moreover a enormous variation and quantity of Historic Paints on the Rocks. In the present time, the descending relatives of the Kumiai still living between the Highlands, they lived in communities of San José in Tecate, B.C., México, San José de la Zorra and Las Juntas de Neji.

DESCRIPTION

Possess a grand variation of Historic Paints manifestations, the paint is made over the rock surface and we can tind them main on the rocky preservations. It's been known that some places had a special preference or some meaning religion mythical, that where selected to let shape the presence of these nomad groups. In this arqueology place counts with more than thirty conjunts with this kind of paint manifestations there is why the importance. By now only present them to the public just a portion of them and it can be visited. There exist sings, guides and a warrant explanatory to lef know in a general form the Historic Paints on Rocks. The aplication on the paint on rocks are on natural caves. The designs follow most of the times the silhouette of the rock. The colors that they have most are red, black, white and blending of colors. These pigments are of mineral origin pulverised and mixing with other products and it were put on directly with the fingers or another kind of brush. The most common designs where the geometricals and human figures very schematics. Exists a lof of drawings some of them with astronomical implications that maybe they marked some happening inside of the Native Calendary.

ACTIVITIES

When you make your visit to this place,if it!s in winter season, go prepairs with warm coats, if you are going be camping bring with you everything you need an moreover do it a any before, that way you can preciates great spectacleof winter solstice on december 21st. RECOMENDATIONS. Is recomended to walk all over the place enjoing the countryside and this point of interest, you can take pictures and camp on the zone. Near the place in the town called La Rumorosa ther are restaurants, services, gas stations, groceries store, spa and for instnace medical services and security. Dont !t forget to visit the famous bakery and enjoy the esquisit sweet bread.




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