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Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a Time

Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

 Whenever you get the chance to travel somewhere new, do it. If you add geocaching to the mix, trips become even more adventurous and rewarding. I had the opportunity to travel to Central America  and explore two fascinating and beautiful countries: Belize and Guatemala. Along the way, I geocached underwater, through a rainforest and next to a smoking active volcano.  Here are six amazing geocaches that I found and believe all geocachers should add to their bucket list.

First stop was in Belize where the people are friendly, the way of life is chiller than an ice cube, and the geocaching is a blast. There are only 110 active geocaches in the entire country of Belize (yes that’s right, 110.)

 

  1. Kerstin and Melanie go deep (GC4V72V)-  Caye Caulker, Belize

The small island of Caye Caulker is the perfect place to sit back, grab a beer, and truly relax.  Home to only a few geocaches, you’ll be able to track down all of them in one day if you’re up for it. The only way to get around the small island is by bike or golf cart but bike is the preferred method.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

GC4V72V requires swimming and complete discretion. This geocache is located at the famous “Split” where many locals and travelers alike swim and hang out. This can also be a challenging one (T2/D4 to be exact).

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GC4V72V

  1. The Best Guide Cache (GC324GD)- San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio is an amazing and unexpected treat tucked away in the rainforest. This little town in the Cayo district has some of the best day trips right outside the town. You can explore the nearby Mayan ruins, journey through ancient caves (ATM is a must-do!), and soak in the beautiful rainforest.

Cahal Pech in San Ignacio

Cahal Pech in San Ignacio

You may have to walk 1.5 miles to find GC324G in neighboring town Santa Elena, but the long walk is worth the find! Meet Feliz, the sweetest “geocache watcher” you will ever meet. She awaits geocachers in her little stone house and will shout clues as you search her front yard for the smiley.

Meet Feliz

Meet Feliz

Just across the border lies Guatemala, a country full of history, volcanoes, colorful textiles, and approximately 100 geocaches.

  1. Hot Jungle (GC2A86)- Tikal, Guatemala

Spend sunup to sundown in Tikal National Park where the ancient Mayan city will leave you in an enchanted daze.  Travel back to 300 BC when Tikal was a thriving capital with pyramids, temples, and competitive sports events.

Tikal

Tikal

GC2A86 was the first physical geocache placed in the country of Guatemala. It was hidden in 2001 and has been found by only 155 lucky geocachers. On the way to the geocache, you’ll encounter howler monkeys, wild turkeys, and some of the most spectacular structures you will ever come across.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Additional find: Virtual geocache GCGCX7 takes you to Mundo Perdido or the “Lost World.”

  1. Bienvenidos a la Antigua (GC39G2Y)- Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a city of great historical importance in Guatemala (and it’s surrounded by three volcanoes.)You could spend days wandering the cobble-stoned streets, eating delicious food, and  learning spanish at one of the local schools.

Antigua

Antigua

Pack your walking shoes because Multi-Cache GC39G2Y will take you all over the city. The final coordinates will lead you to a stellar view.

History awaits

History awaits

       5. Volcan de Pacaya (GCGCXA)- Pacaya, Guatemala

 

The  volcano Pacaya is an active and complex volcano just south of Guatemala City. It first erupted 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish invasion in Guatemala. The last eruption was in 2010 and the evidence is there.

 

Pacaya

Pacaya

If you’re up for a challenging hike, this will be your favorite of the six geocaches.  You can choose to go at sunrise or  sunset, and they both are breathtaking experiences. The  molten rocks up at the top are very hot, so bring your leftovers to heat up or some marshmallows to roast.

Sunset

Sunset

          6. Santiago Atitlan (GC10TNF)- Santiago, Guatemala

 

Lake Atitlan is a crystal blue lake located in the Guatemala highland. Atitlan is the deepest lake in Guatemala and also the most picturesque with its surrounding volcanoes. It is ringed by small lake towns, all great places to visit.

Atitilan

Atitilan

You can take a boat from Panajachel to Santiago to grab this geocache. Soak in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the unique village of Santiago. You won’t regret it!

Myself and Lake Atitlan

Myself and Lake Atitlan

No matter where you go in the world, adventure is waiting and there’s always a geocache to be found. What is your dream geocaching vacation?

New Challenge: Leave Your Keyboard at Lunch – Find a Geocache

Before lunchtime geocaching, and after lunchtime geocaching

Before lunchtime geocaching, and after lunchtime geocaching

Ready, set, lunch break geocaching

by: Bri Suffety

You should remember one thing, your keyboard won’t miss you if you leave for lunch. It never does. If you don’t share that dry sandwich, and unfulfilling old piece of fruit with your keyboard, it’s going to be alright. In fact, it probably needs a break and so do you, enter: Geocaching.

School is back in session, the weather is still begging you to get outside and geocache.

Much like the recess bell, lunchtime at the office is a much anticipated moment of our day. However, all too often it gets pushed aside for meetings, workouts or altogether forgotten with a just you, a sandwich and your desk. Ready for something that might make you gasp? Why not take your lunch break back?

There's a whole world to explore through geocaching

There’s a whole world to explore through geocaching

5 easy ways to shake up your midday break and earn a smiley along the way

 

  • Walk that Way. Pick a geocache within walking distance. Even if you come up empty you can still got to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and exercise a little DNF (Did Not Find) pride. Can you say win win situation?

  • Fun Run. Already grabbed all of the geocaches within walking distance? Need to squeeze in a workout in? Find a geocache you can run or bike to; you’ll have a reason to push yourself to go further or faster and you can’t forget the glorious reward of a new find. Look at you multitasking!

  • How far can you go? Want something a little more adventurous? See how far away from your office you can get. Jump on a bus and stare out the window as you travel into uncharted territory. Allot ⅔ of your break for travel time and ⅓ for finding the geocache and exploring. You might even discover a hidden park or your new favorite food cart.

  • Make a Date. Lunch can be a great time to catch up with friends or your significant other. Next time you’re looking to schedule a lunch date, pick a restaurant with a geocache nearby. You can grab it while you wait or use it as an excuse to walk off your lunch. Invite your date to help. Yes, even if they’re are a muggle; you never know who geocaches and who may be become your new caching partner.

  • Outsmart the weather. Weather isn’t cooperating? Use your time to savor your meal, create a space for yourself mentally and solve that puzzle cache that has been on your to-do list all summer.

The antidote to lunch at your desk

The antidote to lunch at your desk

Set aside your excuses; a busy schedule doesn’t have to be a roadblock. You can spare at least one lunch break this month to go out, stretch your legs and up your geocaching game. Are you up for the challenge?

Do you have a lunchtime geocaching adventure to tell? Share your stories in the comments.

 

 

Snooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the Week

Snoopy and Woodstock on top of the geocache. Photo by geocacher Syclone0044

Snoopy and Woodstock on top of the geocache. Photo by geocacher Syclone0044

Geocache Name:

Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

A great gadget cache is tough to build. First, you have to come up with a clever idea. Then you have to plan, buy supplies and actually put them together—not to mention troubleshoot if there are problems. This geocache goes a step further by not only being a clever puzzle, but also a piece of art. The geocache owner placed this geocache on his own property and says that the neighbors just think it’s a neat decoration, but geocachers come from far and wide to make this find and award another Favorite Point.

What the geocache owner, Doctor Dolittle, has to say:

“It’s relaxing for me to putz around in the garage with wood and tools.  I had in mind creating a cache theme matching the veterinary clinic location.  Also, I hoped to create a puzzle that was intuitive, would make people laugh but wasn’t too difficult. Snoopy and Woodstock have always been favorites of mine, but it took a year for them to pop into my head….Creating it took 24 man hours and $80 in material costs. The gracious logs and favorite points make my effort, time and cost worth while.

“Do you want more great hides in your area? You can make it happen by doing two simple things:

1) Use your favorite points! I have met many Geocachers who hoard them, give them out only rarely or say they don’t use them because they don’t believe in them. That just doesn’t make any sense. They don’t cost anything but two clicks of a mouse.

2) Take the time to write a good log on a quality cache. TFTC is not acceptable unless it’s a sign, light post or a guard rail Geocache. Write a gracious originally written log even it’s only two sentences long. If you enjoy writing, please feel free to expound! Some people use creativity or unique details in their logs to make them fun for others to read. Those are the best!

“These things will positively reinforce the best hiders in your area to continue hiding for you. Good hides require time, effort and expense. Favorite points and writing good logs cost you nothing, but give so much gratification to your hiders. Lastly, when you see them at social events go out of your way to tell them about a cache hide they created that you really enjoyed!”

What geocachers are saying:

“This is another example of just how creative geocachers can be. Thanks so much Dr. D for this very fun cache. Another favorite point coming your way.” – wisjanine

“Glad to have finally solved the puzzle and retrieve the log. We met lots of travel bugs visiting Snoopy’s house today, looks like a cozy place to stay! Thanks for putting the extra effort on this cache for others to enjoy, very well done.” – SparkSeeker

“Wow….. Awesome. . Never seen anything like this. Thanks so much for the great adventure.” – Lindave

Photos:

Woodstock's favorite perch. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.

Woodstock’s favorite perch. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.

A little green trackable checking out his new home. Photo by geocacher pezmon

A little green trackable checking out his new home. Photo by geocacher pezmon

Two happy geocachers after the find. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.

Two happy geocachers after the find. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.

What was the last geocache you gave a Favorite Point and why? Tell us and post photos in the comments.

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!

FAQ: Your New Geocaching Account Settings

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.37.40 AMHow do I access my Account Settings?

See that gear icon in the upper right corner? Click it! You will be magically transported to the new and improved Account Settings tabs page.

What happened to my avatar/profile photo?

To make life just a little bit simpler, we’ve combined the Avatar and Profile images into one image (to rule them all, ahem) that will display universally across Geocaching.com. In other words, your current Avatar image will become the one image displayed on Geocaching.com and will be referred to as “Profile Image.” Going forward, we will not store images other than the current Profile image. This means that when you upload a new image as your Profile photo, the previous image will no longer be saved on Geocaching.com.

Where did all my stored Profile/Avatar images go?

Profile/Avatar images stored prior to the Account Settings redesign will be available via the link next to your current Profile image. We suggest that you download these images from Geocaching.com as we may discontinue storing them in the future.

How can I display larger images on my Profile now that the Profile image only supports smaller sizes?

You can add larger images to your Bio box, located under the Profile Information tab. You will need to use HTML and use <img> tags. Example: <img src=”[Insert image URL]“>

Where should information like my name, address, and occupation go, now that it’s removed from the new Account Settings page?

To make Account Settings as easy to use as possible, we’re going for simplicity. You are still welcome to display your name, address, occupation, and whatever else you like on your Profile (as long as it’s appropriate of course!). You can do so in the Bio box.

Where can I customize my Geocaching.com experience to my location and language?

Under the Preferences tab, you can select your preferred language, time zone, and distance units. We’ve added many more time zones and date format options so you can localize your geocaching experience wherever you are in the world. Note: We removed the Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as the time zones now automatically account for this.

How can I edit my publicly displayed statistics?

Great question. You will now be able to edit statistics as they appear on your Public Profile directly from http://www.geocaching.com/my/statistics.aspx.

What happened to List Newest in [state]?

Our Account Settings page no longer supports this feature. We are working hard to improve other features on the website that will be able to serve up this information more efficiently. In the meantime, you can go to the Advanced Search page, select “By Country/Province”, and then select the country and province of interest to you. You can bookmark the results to have easy access to the same search. Link to Advanced Search: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx

Why can’t I see my GPS listed anymore?

We have not updated the “Your GPS” section for quite some time. If you would like to see reviews about a GPS or smartphone, there are many other websites out there that specialize in providing this content.

How do I add friends on Geocaching.com?

You will still be able to add/remove/view friends from the “View Your Friends” link on http://www.geocaching.com/my/default.aspx and “Your Friends” located under “Quick View”

Can I update my Account information from my mobile device?

Shucks, we’re glad you asked. And the answer is: YES! The Account Settings tabs page was designed to look great in a mobile browser.

I don’t want to see other players’ profile images in geocache logs. How do I turn them off?

Under the Preferences tab, you will need to uncheck the box “Show other geocachers’ profile images in logs.”

Other noteworthy changes:

  • Basic members can now change their Forum title
  • Removed Online Presence and Instant Messenger
  • Removed Forum Signature and Profile previews
  • Removed ability to toggle off Recently Viewed Caches

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Night Caching: It’s not just for Vampires anymore

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Lurking in the shadows of night is a different kind of geocache.

 

Sounds spooky, right? Don’t worry, it’s just a friendly Night Cache. These geocaches are the same geocaches you know and love—except they can only be found at night. Some Night Caches use reflectors, while others use glow-in-the-dark ink and require a UV flashlight.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the shorter days of winter are a perfect time to learn all about geocaching at night. There also happen to be several Mega-Events around the world, like this upcoming event in Sweden, that are dedicated to Night Caching.

See Night Caching at its best on the Geocaching Pinterest page, and check out cool Night Caching gear on Shop Geocaching.

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