Geocaching: Looking for treasures!
Despite the huge amount of routes available and the amazing landscapes that we can find without even leaving the country, and despite the natural parks and cultural options waiting to be visit, we sometimes need an extra motivation to go on an excursion or to try an unknown route. And that is why this week we... View Article
Despite the huge amount of routes available and the amazing landscapes that we can find without even leaving the country, and despite the natural parks and cultural options waiting to be visit, we sometimes need an extra motivation to go on an excursion or to try an unknown route.
And that is why this week we strongly recommend you to join the Geocaching. We know that this is not a new trend and that some of you have already discovered the experience. But we also know that some of you have no clue about it or that you have never found the best time to start an adventure. Geocaching offers a great chance to discover some of the best hidden spots in a country without being afraid of getting lost, as you are guided by the GPS, and someone has followed that same path before you. It is a great option for foreigners visiting a country, but as well for locals not willing to get lost.
For those of you without a clue of what Geocaching is, it will give you the chance to discover the country, enjoying the good weather outdoors, while looking for a hidden treasure. Yes, a real treasure. To become a geocacher, you only need a GPS and be ready to walk. There are over two million spots all over the world with hidden treasures. And Catalunya is not an exception. If we take a look at the map from the Geocaching website, we will see thousands of spots with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. There will surely be more than one spot not far from your town or from that route you have always wanted to do but you have never done.
And you are completely wrong if you think Geocaching is a child’s play. No every available route is easy, hidden places are not always easy to find and treasures are sometimes difficult to identify. What you will find at the end of the route will normally be a box. Not a standard box. It can be bigger or smaller and sometimes it even isn’t a box, but a container. Inside you will find different objects. The most important is to sign the notepad or paper that you will find inside, to make clear that you arrived and found the treasure. There will also be different “treasures” that some other Geocachers may have left. You can exchange the treasure that you like the most for any other object that you want to leave, so that the next one looking for that treasure, won’t find an empty box.
There are different options when we talk about “treasure hunting”, you can use it as an excuse to go out and make an excursion, or you can include it in any of your planed routes, as an extra incentive.
And you can also hide your own treasure. From the Geocaching website, you will find the rules to follow if you want to publish your own route. There will surely be plenty of routes that you know by heart, where no one else has hidden a treasure. Including your proposal on the Geocaching list, you will help to promote unknown places in Catalunya. The geocachers community has over 6 million followers all over the world, and most of them will spend a few days of their vacations looking for treasures in a different country than their own.
If you decide to give it a try and then you realize there is a whole new world of routes and treasures, you can join the Geocachers meeting scheduled in Platja d’Aro mid October. Some of the proposed routes created exclusively for this event, are already available. So far, there are 55 new routes all over Catalunya, and the list is constantly updated. And if you don’t like walking in the mountains, don’t make an excuse, because there are some urban treasures, some of them right in Barcelona.
We would love to receive your pictures and your adventures. We would like to know if you have enjoyed the experience and if you would recommend it to your friends. And if you are already professional Geocachers, you can share your experience with the beginners.