Reach the Peak has just ended and around the world geocachers are catching their breath after “summiting” the seven tallest mountains on every continent. In addition to providing a chance to challenge our geocaching skills, our summits of those seven mountains also provided a reminder of how geocaching is tied to the beautiful outdoors. How lucky are we to have mighty mountains, forests, and trails as our gameboard? To celebrate reaching the peaks of those mountains, we’re highlighting five geocaches around the world that take geocachers to other awe-inspiring sites in nature. Read on and learn about the caches and their incredible locations.
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This Traditional Cache sits a short distance from the enchanting Lake Kussharo in Akan National Park on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. Mountains and hot springs surround this lake where swans often take a break during their migration.
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This EarthCache on the Western Cape of South Africa is hidden right by Boulders Beach where geocachers can take in the beautiful surrounding scenery and catch a glimpse of African penguins. Visitors are encouraged to stay on the boardwalk near the beach to give the penguins and their sharp beaks space.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is well known for its forests, meadows, and lakes with calm, crystal clear blue-green waters. Cachers who search for this geocache will be taken to a spot near the entrance to the park where there are small waterfalls that foreshadow the larger ones deeper in the park.
Salto Ángel (Angel Falls)
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Cachers who visit Venezuela to find the EarthCache, Salto Ángel (Angel Falls), have the chance to learn about sedimentary rocks and see the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. The height of the waterfall is a jaw-dropping 979 meters (3,212 feet).
DOG & GOD (Canterbury)
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The Traditional Cache DOG & GOD (Canterbury), located at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand, has 51 Favorite points and it is easy to see why. The location of the hide offers an exceptional view of the bright blue lake, the rolling hills, and snow-capped mountains around it.
What beautiful places in nature have you discovered while geocaching? Share in the comments!