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Isla del Encanto: Puerto Rico — newest Geocaching souvenir!

A territory of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a paradisal Caribbean destination. Adventure seekers will find it worthwhile to cross crystal blue waters to visit Puerto Rico’s stunning beaches, beautiful mountainous landscapes and one of Puerto Rico’s best-kept secrets: its extensive cave system.

If that’s not enough and you need another reason to visit, we’ve got you covered. You can now earn a geocaching souvenir by finding a geocache or attending an event if Puerto Rico!

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When you visit, be sure to meet up with local geocachers. The Puerto Rican geocaching community is famous for its warm hospitality and friendliness to strangers.

Puerto Rico by the numbers:

  • Over 1,000 hidden geocaches  
  • 9103 sq km. (3,515 sq mi) island. ~ 1 geocache every 3 miles
  • 3.548 million people
  • 6 Olympic Gold Medals
  • 13 living, native mammalian species, all of which are bats
  • 65 km (40 miles) at its widest part
  • 400 years of rum history and contribution to the economy

Here are our 5 bucket list caches in Puerto Rico.

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1. El Árbol Solitario

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El Árbol Solitario—GC1GN4M

GC1GN4M | by El Surveyor | D3.5/T4.5 | Traditional | 24 favorite points

Hiding this cache required some hard work by the cache owner and friends. A two hour hike takes you to the top of the mountain where you can take in the gorgeous view of the Puerto Rican countryside. You’ll notice an interesting standalone tree that gives this cache its namesake. When you visit  this cache, make sure to snap a shot with the Puerto Rican flag as well!

2. Cat/ Dolphin/ Giraffe

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Cat/ Dolphin/ Giraffe—GC2JWTD

GC2JWTD  | by lulusoy | D1.5/T1.5 | Traditional | 73 favorite points

The Cat/Dolphin/Giraffe sculpture at this cache location observes the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Alonso Manso, a bishop in San Juan, was responsible for the construction of the San Juan Cathedral in 1521, making it one of the city’s oldest structures. Behind the sculpture, you can find the Museo del Niño (The Children’s Museum), a non-profit organization involved in preserving the island’s cultural heritage and presenting subjects in an interesting way for children.

3. Cueva del Viento

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Cueva del Viento—GC1XB18

GC1XB18 | by vocho725 | D2.5/T4.5 | Traditional | 14 favorite points

This cache is located at the entrance to Cueva del Viento in northwest Puerto Rico’s  Guajataca Forest. The forest is also the location of Camp Guajataca, the island’s main camping grounds of the Boy Scouts of America. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, water, and a strong flashlight!

4. Playita Rosada, La Parguera

Playita Rosada, La Parguera—GC1BBAY
Playita Rosada, La Parguera—GC1BBAY

GC1BBAY | by milton_fmh | D2.5/T4.5 | Multi-cache | 14 favorite points

The Parguera village in Lajas is famous for the beauty of its coral reefs, mangrove islands and channels, and bioluminescent bay. As an ecotourism destination, you can enjoy a simple coastal town where scuba diving, relaxing and swimming all take place. The cache may bring you to Playita Rosada (Pink beach), but the views and warm water will keep you there.

5. Karate Kid

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GCXBH7 | by outsidegroup | D2.5/T3.5 | Traditional | 14 favorite points

Located along Road 333, Karate Kid is located on Playa del Tamarindo in Guanica. This area is home to many threatened and endangered species, including the dry forest anole (a type of lizard), the hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles, the Puerto Rican crested toad, the blue-tailed ameiva (another type of lizard), and the brown pelican. Don’t be fooled by the D/T ratings as the 4.8 km (3 mi) round trip and the intense heat and sun make it more challenging. If you enjoy bird watching and staring off into the ocean, this is the cache for you!


We’ll unveil one or two new souvenirs every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Puerto Rico, we will automatically add this souvenir to your profile.

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Have you found a geocache in Puerto Rico? Tell us your experience in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brand new geocaching country souvenir for Russia

By Nicole Jendro, Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ

We are excited to announce our newest country souvenir: Russia!

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As the largest country on earth, Russia has many wonders to show and one of the best ways to find them is through geocaching, or “геокэшинг”. From the desolate wildlife reserves to the cosmopolitan streets of Moscow, Russia is an exciting destination for adventurers and geocachers alike.

Tolbachik volcano

GC2DG9N | by X-JAM | D2/T4 | EarthCache

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‘Tolbachik volcano’ is Russia’s easternmost cache. This EarthCache brings you to a research station at the active volcano Tolbachik. The last eruption happened as recently as 2013.

Inside Volcano Mutnovsky

GCY8QY | by Pitr & Oleg | D3/T3 | Traditional Cache

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If you like to get your feet warm, find this Traditional Cache, Inside Volcano Mutnovsky. Another active volcano, this location promises gorgeous views and stunning clouds of volcanic gas.

Мыс Хобой

GC2BC0T | by kapsa | D2/T3.5 | Traditional Cache

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Кругобайкалка

GC2BC0N | by kapsa | D2/T2.5 | Multi-Cache

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Visiting ‘Мыс Хобой’ will give you a great view of Lake Baikal and ‘Кругобайкалка’ teaches about the lake’s railway that was once part of the Trans-Siberian Railway route.

Moscow Kremlin

GC2Q7KY | by Mr. REM Esq. | D2/T2 | Wherigo

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Learn about the fascinating history of the Kremlin in Moscow while enjoying this Wherigo.

Tishinka

GC3A264 | by -CJ- | D1.5/T1 | Traditional Cache

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Learn how the Tishinsky flea market began after WWII in the heart of Moscow by finding this traditional geocache.

St. Petersburg’s Most Beautiful

GCGNHF | by Gary Samad | D1/T1 | Virtual Cache | 611 favorite points

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We’ll unveil one or two new souvenirs every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Russia, we will automatically add this souvenir to your profile.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next.

Have you found a geocache in Russia? Tell us your experience in the comments below!

Soak it all in
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Geocaching a geothermal geocache—Geocache of the Week

EarthCache
GC25643
by goldohulk
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Iceland
N 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976
Iceland's Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

No doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it’s obvious to see why it’s the country’s top destination.

You don’t need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon are warm to quite steamy-hot. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.

No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache
No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache

How did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.

So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it’s actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it’s fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache:

EarthCache logging is tough business
EarthCache logging is tough business

Diabolic27
Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit.

Soapy Joe
Well the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC

Beinhart
We had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”.

Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam vents
Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam vents
Yup. It's cold outside the spa!
Yup. It’s cold outside the spa!
Now THAT'S a wet bar!
Now THAT’S a wet bar!
Mud mask
Mud mask
Mud mask
Mud mask
Soak it all in
Soak it all in

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.

Give the Gift of Geocaching

Give the gift of geocaching

Lots of ways to tell your fellow geocachers you care

Share your love of geocaching with friends and family this holiday season. Finding the perfect gifts for the geocachers in your life is kind of like finding a geocache — you earn a smiley for both.

There are multiple ways to give the gift of geocaching:

Let Shop Geocaching and our international retailers guide you to the perfect holiday gift!

Shop for tools of the trade, apparel, and geoswag in the US and Canada through Shop Geocaching and globally via our international retailers.

Shop our Happy Holidays Collection! Featuring a Signal Holiday Geocoin, Ugly Sweater Travel Tag, a Trackable Snowflake Ornament Set, a Holiday Greeting Card with Geocoin, and more!

For a limited time, when you make a qualified minimum purchase from Shop Geocaching or one of the participating retailers, you will receive Free Limited Edition Holiday Travel Tag. The more you spend, the more free trackables you will earn (while supplies last)!

Give the gift of geocaching

You can give the gift of Premium membership easily online. With a gift membership, your friend will enjoy all the perks of Premium membership, including custom search capability, instant cache notifications, and access to Premium-only caches. Your gift also supports the game by helping to maintain the website, upgrade the mobile app, and provide community support. You can purchase a physical gift card from the Shop Geocaching, or a digital membership directly online from Geocaching.com.

Share good wishes via the Message Center

Let your fellow cachers know you’re thinking about them by sending a message via the Geocaching Message Center. Share your latest find, lay down a challenge, or, better yet, ask them out to go caching!

Part of the "thrill" of diving in Horka is encountering the wildlife.

Horka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the Week

Virtual Cache
GCNQ40
by Horka – Pumpenhaus
Difficulty:
5
Terrain:
5
Location:
Horka, Germany
N 51° 15.817 E 014° 14.897

Geocaching is an emotional game. There’s the elation of finding a cache after a prolonged search. The frustration of searching and searching for a cache that never turns up. The surprise of a cleverly disguised container, the anticipation of a highly-favorited gadget cache. The despair of losing a trackable…the guilt of losing a trackable. The pleasure of a good conservation with fellow cachers, the anticipation of hiding a new cache, the thrill of racing for the FTF, and of course, the terror and bewilderment of encountering a shark in the middle of a lake in Germany.

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Wait…what?

Yes, bewilderment and terror are commonly experienced emotions when searching for GCNQ40. This Virtual Cache is under murky waters in Horka Lake, which was once an old mining quarry. Now filled with water, the former quarry is a popular spot for scuba divers because of its unusually high visibility.

The old quarry that is now Horka Lake.
The old quarry that is now Horka Lake.
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If a tree falls in a forest, and the forest is underwater, will it make a sound?

In addition to the many natural elements that make for an interesting dive—the underwater forest, for example—the lake abounds with strange objects that were either placed there by divers over the years or are remnants of days when the lake bottom was a quarry bottom.

Someone took a long detour on their ride to work today...
Someone took a long detour on their ride to work today…
An old old pumphouse that was once party of the working quarry.
The old pump house that was once party of the working quarry.
An old wetsuit?
An old wetsuit?

Virtual Caches are a grandfathered cache type, which means no new Virtual Caches can be created anymore. A Virtual Cache is about discovering a location rather than a container. The requirements for logging a Virtual Cache vary—you may be required to answer a question about the location, take a picture, complete a task, etc.

In order to claim the find on Horka – Pumpenhaus, you’ll need to swim to the posted coordinates, then dive 30m down. At that location you’ll find a white object inside the old quarry pump house. Describe the object or take a location of the pump house to prove you were there.

Rocky1210 on the dive.
Rocky1210 on the dive.

When the Cache Owner, Laird McKai, first placed this cache in 2005, it was probably the first underwater cache in Germany. The CO was a Master Scuba Diver, for whom geocaching had a familiar appeal.

After every dive, you write a log and keep a record. Under water you have to find your way using a compass and sometimes you might try to find some sunken boats, such as the Coreolanus, which I dived to in Croatia. So diving is not to different to geocaching. Why not combine both?

The Cache Owner, Laird McKai, in an old diving helmet.
The Cache Owner, Laird McKai, in an old diving helmet.

So… what about those sharks from earlier? Fortunately for geocachers and divers, the sharks aren’t real (though they look realistic from afar). They were placed in the lake by the nearby dive school. The cache gallery abounds with diver/shark selfies.

Geocacher $miley is a bit too close for comfort.
Geocacher $miley is a bit too close for comfort.
Michao Team goes in for a close-up.
Michao Team goes in for a close-up examination of the shark’s dental situation.
Imagine seeing this from afar.
Imagine seeing this image from afar.

After eleven years, this Virtual Cache is still bringing joy (and fright!) to geocachers with the necessary scuba certifications and gear. And the Cache Owner is happy to still have it around. His advice for other cachers? “Enjoy your hobby, enjoy good quality caches and try to make others enjoy as well your cache you place by trying to make your caches special and memorable!”

Which begs the question, what’s the on-land equivalent of a full-size rubber shark?

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.