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New country souvenir, Cabo Verde, with Geocache of the Week: Pico Grande – Ilha do Fogo

by Twi’lekBug
Cabo Verde
N 14° 56.963 W 024° 20.415

Today, we released a new country/regional souvenir for Cabo Verde. If you have found a geocache in Cabo Verde, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.

Cabo Verde is a remote archipelago that lies to the east of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. The ten islands are home to an awe-inspiring blend of environments. The country features towering volcanoes, deep canyons, rippling sand dunes, forested mountains, golden beaches, and dry salt flats. The music is just as enchanting as its natural attractions. Cabo Verde is famous for Morna, its national music that beautifully incorporates dance, voice, and poetry.

Image by Tanjag1970.

The country is best experienced hopping between islands, which is especially attractive for geocachers looking for adventure. On the island of Boa Vista geocachers can head to the beach to search for GC1FCH5, where ruins of an old factory rise up out of the sand with the sparkling ocean in the distance. Winds from the northeast bring sand from the Sahara to the island of Sal, named for its salt flats, where geocachers observe the formation of sand dunes to log the EarthCache GC802PB. A visit to São Vicente, the only island boasting lush greenery, draws geocachers who love to hike. GC64MF7 is a T5 geocache that requires hiking to the top of São Vicente’s tallest mountain, Monte Verde.

Image by Jama020.

Adventurous geocachers head to the island of Fogo. The island consists solely of the highest peak of Cabo Verde: the 9382 ft (2829 m) volcano Pico do Fogo. Here is our Geocache of the Week, Pico Grande – Fogo Island (GC6B8GE). This EarthCache requires geocachers to hike to the top of the volcano that last erupted in 2014-2015. Although a guide isn’t needed to summit the volcano, the cache owner Twi’lekBug highly recommends hiring a local guide to ensure you make the 5 hour trek using the safest routes.

Image by yellowroom.

The cache page explains that Pico do Fogo is a conical stratovolcano. These volcanoes are built up by erupted material ejected from the cone, such as lava and ash, that hardens and adds to the slopes in layers. They are considered the most dangerous volcanoes, partly due to the sheer amount of erupted material during dramatic explosions.

Image by Spatz0404.

To log the find on GC6B8GE, geocachers must observe the signs of volcanic activity as they ascend to the crater. At the crater, geocachers then need to make observations about its current appearance and colors. They also need to notice the pyroclasts, which are fragmented rocks and minerals that are ejected during eruptions, and where they are visible. In order to wrap up the logging requirements, geocachers need to find answers related to the height of the volcano and the ways in which tools have been added to the slope to help hikers navigate the tough journey.

Image by mao_gc.

Geocachers seeking relaxation, history, hiking, geological knowledge, and heart-pounding adventure will be captivated by all Cabo Verde has to offer.

We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.

Continue 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.

Source: Geocaching

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