by Valente Cruz
N 40° 52.163 W 008° 11.409
Indiana Jones and the Mysterious Waterfall — Geocache of the Week, GC3BH3JDeep within the wild greenery surrounding Rio de Frades canyon in Portugal, this T5 cache may put you in Indy’s shoes—or, maybe his wetsuit.
Many geocachers feel an affinity for Indiana Jones and imagine they’re on amazing adventures in exotic locations, retrieving ancient artifacts worth millions of dollars. In all reality, many geo-adventures are closer to grabbing a lamp post cache from a parking lot on the outskirts of town, but the thrill is still there!
Those who brave this trek initially park at the Postman Trailhead, explore cache GCPZHC, then climb alongside the river until they reach the lagoon. Whatever your approach, it’s advised to bring at least 15 meters (50 feet) of rope, a helmet, and a wetsuit, because that water is COLD. Above all, don’t forget your waterproof pen. You won’t want to go through all this work for nothing!
At the lagoon and waterfallThe container is located on the outside of the waterfall, but since you’ve come this far, shimmy up the slippery rocks and explore the tunnel behind the waterfall! This T5 is definitely challenging, but with 140 Favorite points and an 86% Favorite point rating, you know the effort is worth it. The cache page states:
In order to complete the cache it is essential that they know how to swim well or, if not, they should wear a vest. As an alternative to swimming, you can climb the wall to the left of the waterfall and “uncork” next to it. You can also go down the river through canyoning, although the charm and challenge may be smaller than the climb.
You must enter the tunnel behind the waterfall!It wasn’t until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth movie in the series, that we actually see our hero go over a waterfall. Although that movie takes place in South America, this homage in Portugal is a fantastic way to take your adventuring to a new level.
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