New country souvenir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Geocache of the Week: Top of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Traditional
GC58W8A
by raumangst
Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
4.5
Location:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
N 43° 16.870′ E 018° 43.980′

The border around Bosnia and Herzegovina is shaped like a heart, so it’s only natural that we show some love by announcing it as our newest Country/Regional souvenir! 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is blossoming with nature. Tumbling mountain ranges, hidden away castles, and ever-expansive forests draw in tourists from all over the world. Roughly 40% of the country is covered in pine, beech, and oak trees, teeming with wildlife. These forests aren’t the only tree-covered ecosystem in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it remains the only country in Europe to have a jungle. It’s called Perućica Rainforest, and some of the trees are over 300 years old.

Sarajevo is a growing destination for world travellers and listed as one of the best cities to visit world-wide. If you’re not a thrill seeker or hiker, Sarajevo is more your speed. Sink your teeth into some traditional ćevapi (the Balkan equivalent to a cheeseburger) or burek (a pastry filled with meat) to fuel your geocaching adventure. Like most seasoned athletes, it’s important to fuel up so you have the energy to check out these two caches at the ruinous 1984 Winter Olympics site:

  • Malo Polje Igman Olympic Jumps: GC4K5A8
  • [Lost place] Olympic bobsleigh track Sarajevo: GC7VD5R

What’s a better way to see the country than from at the top of it? Climbing mountains is good for keeping things in perspective, both in realizing how small of a world we live in and reflecting on the landscape in front of us.

Far outside of the capital city at an elevation of about 7,828 ft (2,386 m) is our Geocache of the Week: Top of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maglić is the tallest mountain in the country. The hike to the summit is roughly 3 miles (4.7 km). Along the trail you can see herds of sheep chewing away at the long brown grass, rock faces peeping out between the patches of it, and a deep blue heart-shaped lake can be seen once you’re at elevation. At the top there’s a flag and below it is the cache. 

A moderate hike to a beautiful overview of the entire country and a classic cache container to log and share your visit with those who will follow.

We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.

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.

Andrew Baldwin
Andrew is a community manager at Geocaching HQ. He is typically laughing at his own jokes, getting into mischief with Signal, or looking for the next adventure.