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Dezember 2016

Isla del Encanto: Puerto Rico — newest Geocaching souvenir!

6. Dezember 2016 // 0 Kommentare

A territory of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a paradisal Caribbean destination. Adventure seekers will find it worthwhile to cross crystal blue waters to visit Puerto Rico's stunning beaches, beautiful mountainous landscapes and one of Puerto Rico's best-kept secrets: its extensive cave system. If that's not enough and you need another reason to visit, we've got you covered. You can now earn a geocaching souvenir by finding a geocache or attending an event if Puerto Rico! When you visit, be sure to meet up with local geocachers. The Puerto Rican geocaching community is famous for its warm hospitality and friendliness to strangers. Puerto Rico by the numbers: Over 1,000 hidden geocaches 9103 sq km. (3,515 sq mi) island. ~ 1 geocache every 3 miles 3.548 million people 6 Olympic Gold Medals 13 living, native mammalian species, all of which are bats 65 km (40 miles) at its widest part 400 years of rum history and contribution to the economy Here are our 5 bucket list caches in Puerto Rico. 1. El Árbol Solitario El Árbol Solitario—GC1GN4MGC1GN4M | by El Surveyor | D3.5/T4.5 | Traditional | 24 favorite points Hiding this cache required some hard work by the cache owner and friends. A two hour hike takes you to the top of the mountain where you can take in the gorgeous view of the Puerto Rican countryside. You'll notice an interesting standalone tree that gives this cache its namesake. When you visit this cache, make sure to snap a shot with the Puerto Rican flag as well! 2. Cat/ Dolphin/ Giraffe Cat/ Dolphin/ Giraffe—GC2JWTDGC2JWTD | by lulusoy | D1.5/T1.5 | Traditional | 73 favorite points The Cat/Dolphin/Giraffe sculpture at this cache location observes the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Alonso Manso, a bishop in San Juan, was responsible for the construction of the San Juan Cathedral in 1521, making it one of the city's oldest structures. Behind the sculpture, you can find the Museo del Niño (The Children's Museum), a non-profit organization involved in preserving the island's cultural heritage and presenting subjects in an interesting way for children. 3. Cueva del Viento Cueva del Viento—GC1XB18GC1XB18 | by vocho725 | D2.5/T4.5 | Traditional | 14 favorite points This cache is located at the entrance to Cueva del Viento in northwest Puerto Rico's Guajataca Forest. The forest is also the location of Camp Guajataca, the island's main camping grounds of the Boy Scouts of America. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, water, and a strong flashlight! 4. Playita Rosada, La Parguera Playita Rosada, La Parguera—GC1BBAYGC1BBAY | by milton_fmh | D2.5/T4.5 | Multi-cache | 14 favorite points The Parguera village in Lajas is famous for the beauty of its coral reefs, mangrove islands and channels, and bioluminescent bay. As an ecotourism destination, you can enjoy a simple coastal town where scuba diving, relaxing and swimming all take place. The cache may bring you to Playita Rosada (Pink beach), but the views and warm water will keep you there. 5. Karate Kid GCXBH7 | by outsidegroup | D2.5/T3.5 | Traditional | 14 favorite points Located along Road 333, Karate Kid is located on Playa del Tamarindo in Guanica. This area is home to many threatened and endangered species, including the dry forest anole (a type of lizard), the hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles, the Puerto Rican crested toad, the blue-tailed ameiva (another type of lizard), and the brown pelican. Don't be fooled by the D/T ratings as the 4.8 km (3 mi) round trip and the intense heat and sun make it more challenging. If you enjoy bird watching and staring off into the ocean, this is the cache for you! We'll unveil one or two new souvenirs every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you've already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you've already found a geocache in Puerto Rico, we will automatically add this souvenir to your profile. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next. Have you found a geocache in Puerto Rico? Tell us your experience in the comments below! [...]

Geocaching a geothermal geocache—Geocache of the Week

1. Dezember 2016 // 0 Kommentare

EarthCache GC25643 by goldohulk Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Iceland N 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976 Iceland's Blue LagoonNo doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it's obvious to see why it's the country's top destination. You don't need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water. No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCacheHow did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public. So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it's actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it's fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache: EarthCache logging is tough businessDiabolic27Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit. Soapy JoeWell the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC BeinhartWe had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”. Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam ventsYup. It's cold outside the spa!Now THAT'S a wet bar!Silica and mud maskSilica and mud maskSoak it all inContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]
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