Officially known as the United Mexican States, did you know that Mexico:
…is the newest Geocaching Country Souvenir to be released this month? Yes it’s true! If the allure of white sandy beaches, ancient civilizations, rich culture, delicious food, and tequila wasn’t enough, now you can also earn a geocaching Souvenir for Mexico (this, in addition to Croatia, Italy, and three other new Souvenirs to be revealed soon). Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.
To wet your whiskers for this occasion, we’ve put together five must-see geocaches from the birthplace of the sun. Enjoy!
We begin our journey on the verrrrrrrrrrrrry southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, a.k.a. Lands End Arch. Make sure you travel by boat to find this geocache, otherwise you’ll have come a long way for a DNF. Besides, it’s really the ideal way to view the Cabo San Lucas rock formation. There are several small beaches located in this area, and according to the geocache page, “…an entire Love Life-Cycle can run it’s course at Lands End. Fall in Love at Lover’s Beach, conceive children in Pirates Cave, and ends at Divorce Beach.”
Now onto the mainland, and the Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta. There you will find an old lighthouse from the 1930’s that has been decommissioned and restored as a landmark. It is now a navigational beacon and popular tourist attraction. And if you make the trek and climb to the top of the spiral staircase, the geocache page promises you’ll see, “…one of the finest views of Puerto Vallarta’s traditional red-tiled roofs, not to mention the entire bay, from Yelapa at its southernmost end to Punta De Mita at the northern tip.”
And here’s a little known fact: Puerto Vallarta was catapulted into international consciousness in 1963 when The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, was filmed there. This film starred Richard Burton, and he brought his soon-to-be-wife Elizabeth Taylor to the location during filming. Their relationship had recently become public knowledge and they were hounded by the press.
Our next stop on the tour is located about 40 kilometers (25 mi) northeast of Mexico’s capital city, Mexico City. There you will find the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city known as Teotihuacan, The New World’s First Great City.
Enormous in size, at its zenith, Teotihuacan housed up to 200,000 residents and encompassed 12 square miles. The civilization which flourished at Teotihuacan was contemporary to that of ancient Rome. However, unlike that fallen city, Teo’s civilization lasted centuries beyond Rome’s demise. Remarkably, Teotihuacan seems to have sprung up out of nowhere, having no precedent in the ancient world. Archaeological evidence does indicate that the geographic area of Teotihuacan was inhabited by humans as early as 500 B.C. However, actual construction activities of the great city didn’t commence until 1 B.C. with the initial building phase of the site’s famous Pyramid of the Sun.
Do you like animals? We mean all types of animals – feathered, fuzzy, or scaled. If so, head on over to the Yucatan Peninsula and the surrounding grounds of the Ruinas Arqueologicas. Three Mayan Pyramids are located on this site with many native animals making this non-commercial piece of property their home as well. You’ll see plenty of birds, an occasional coatimundi, and quite a few iguanas. And oh yeah – look out for the snakes.
Our final destination is a D4/T4 full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. “What are those?” you may ask. Well, you’ll just have to visit this EarthCache to find out. The cache page describes this experience in alluring beauty:
Close your eyes. You hear nothing but silence and the faint sound of trickling water in the background. Imagine you are 80 feet below ground with your eyes open in the pitch black. You are one with Mother Earth. You are somewhere along an 800 meter stretch of a 14 kilometer underground river that originates in the interior of the peninsula and empties into the sea. The lights come back on. Look up and see thousands of jagged-edged stalactites pointing towards your head like the tips of poison Mayan arrows. It looks like you are either on another planet or on the set of a blockbuster Hollywood movie.
So there you have it, amigos. Five glorious reasons to travel to the wondrous land of Mexico and earn yourself yet another souvenir.
We will unveil two new Souvenirs each week until all SIX are officially released and awarded on Monday, December 22, 2014 to be proudly displayed on your profile. A list of of currently available Geocaching Souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com.
Have you found a geocache in Mexico? How was your adventure?
Each month, geocachers nominate the person they think is the ultimate community-minded geocacher for the ultimate geocaching community award: Geocacher of the Month. Nominees range from incredible event hosts, those who introduced new geocachers to the game, and geocache makers whose out-of-this-world inventions inspire others to think outside the plastic container.
We’ll peruse the nominations and choose three geocachers as finalists. From there, the community takes the reins and votes in the form of comments on the blog post. Each of the finalists receives a gift pack from Geocaching HQ, plus a virtual high-five from the entire geocaching community.
Do you know someone who deserves the honor of being Geocacher of the Month? Nominate them!
Monat für Monat nominieren Geocacher diejenigen Hobbykollegen, von denen sie denken, dass sie die ultimativen Geocacher der Community für die ultimative Auszeichnung “Geocacher des Monats” sind. Die Nominierten reichen von genialen Event-Ausrichtern, die neuen Geocachern das Spiel gezeigt haben, bis hin zu Geocachekünstlern, die mit ihren Nicht-von-dieser-Welt-Kreationen andere zum Denken außerhalb von Plastik-Behältern angeregt haben.
Wir werden die Nominierungen prüfen und wählen drei Geocacher als Finalisten aus. Dann übernimmt die Community die Zügel: Die Stimmabgabe erfolgt über Kommentare im entsprechenden Blog-Posting. Alle Finalisten erhalten ein Geschenkpaket vom Geocaching-Hauptquartier, und zusätzlich gratuliert virtuell die gesamte Geocaching-Community.
Stimm hier für den Geocacher des Monats ab: http://bit.ly/12XRfMX
Kennst Du jemanden, der es verdient, als Geocacher des Monats geehrt zu werden? Dann nominiere ihn hier! http://bit.ly/1kuwRaI
Each month, the global geocaching community meets three outstanding geocachers. As part of this community, your task is to help decide which one will be known forevermore as a Geocacher of the Month.
These exceptional people stand out among others for their demonstrated dedication to the game we all love. If you’re lucky enough to someday meet one of them, give ‘em a high five. Each of the nominees below will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.
With just over 2,100 finds, there’s no arguing that Mr Donut WP is already a force to be reckoned with in the UK geocaching community. But the username entered in all those logbooks isn’t the only imprint he’s made. The “Bike or Hike” geocache series he’s created has received a good share of favorite points and makes for a great geocaching excursion through two counties.
Best of all, his nominees can’t say enough about the fun, well-attended, and inviting Event Caches he regularly hosts. Through them he has brought geocachers to new and interesting places, fostered a sense of local geocaching community, and inspired new geocachers to continue with the game.
Team Geologynut is considered one of the founding fathers of the East Tennessee geocaching community. His geocache hides—over 400, including 10 EarthCaches—are well-loved and well-maintained.
Lostnspace says, “Team Geologynut has created a variety of geocaches, including exciting and educational Earthcaches, challenging puzzle caches, traditional caches ranging from easy park and grabs to difficulty/terrain caches up to 5/5s, and many other enjoyable finds for all of us.” Team Geologynut represents the best of this sport, and is “truly a wonderful diplomat of the Geocaching Community.”
“HikingSeal is one of those people who you just want to spend time with on the trail searching for caches.” So says a fellow geocacher, and we believe it. Her statistics may be impressive, but they’re nothing compared to her own geocaching events. Her monthly “Sunday morning Hiking Series” is a popular recurring geocaching event which draws geocachers from far and wide onto beautiful trails scattered with geocaches and good company.
According to Pip-Boy3000, HikingSeal “is always positive and encouraging on the hikes and goes out of her way to make sure everyone who comes has a good, safe and fun time. She has made many friends throughout the years sponsoring these hikes, some from other countries who have graciously taken her caching when she has visited their homeland.”
On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Italy—and what better way to celebrate geocaching love than featuring a geocache located at a (supposed) site of one of the greatest love stories ever told? Travelers (and geocachers) from around the world come to Verona, Italy to catch a glimpse of the balcony where Juliet called out for her Romeo. Visitors come to stand by the statue of Juliet and to proclaim their love by adding a lock (hint hint) to the nearby fence.
Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. We revealed Croatia will also be among the six new country souvenirs on Tuesday. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.
“What a great experience! It was awesome to find a cache in the middle of so much muggles and nobody cared.” – Jaxi2s Bruder
“During our holiday in Verona, we must visit this place of love. The cache was quickly found TFTC” – MenF
“Found it during my trip in the wine districts. Nice experience to log among hundreds of mugglers. Favorite point of course!” – piapotter
“In my opinion this kind of cache should firstly help the geocachers to visit the main turistic attractions in a particular town while geocaching, giving them also accurate informations about these sites. The other target is to bring the geocachers to places that usually are skipped by the normal turistic tours, but should be considered as hidden treasures.
When you place a urban cache you should place it in this kind of sites, but for me, the most important rule is to create a unique, original and camouflaged cache according with the surrounding environment and theme…. in this case the “Love, Graffiti and Locks”. This cache was created respecting mainly this rule, mixing those 3 aspects.
Juliet’s Balcony is for sure the most visited site in Verona, even more famous than the Arena. The Geocachers must face the fact they’ll have to search and log the cache while besieged by hundreds of muggles and the secret is not to care about them (infact part of the hint is: “forget about the muggles… just log it). My target was indeed to let the seekers believe that this mission is impossible, giving them, at the end, the surprise of doing it quite easily but with a lot of excitation. I think I succeeded according with the logs and I am very happy and proud about it.”
Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!
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