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Mesa Potamos

A cache by Alekos_CY Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/17/2008
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


The Cache is now a plastic container (The original round 30cm steel pipe was lost).

The cache search will take you inside Platres-Troodos forest area.


Mesa Potamos picnic area is one of my favorite places. The cache is near the main river.

I remember as a child all the family used to start our walk from Platres and end at the Mesa Potamos picnic area for lunch.

Today you can reach the area via many more trail roads starting from Platres, Troodos, Moniatis, Amiantos etc. (The Platres trail is still my favorite & lately the Dept. of Forest has upgraded the trail by making it wider so that cars can go there easier).


Just a few minutes further from the cache site and the picnic area you can visit the St. John monastery. A monastery in the middle of the forest (for anyone that doesn’t want to take the trail road to the cache there is a good road going to the monastery and from there on take the trail to the cache). Very near you can also find the Mesa Potamos Waterfalls (not exactly a picnic area but worth visiting since you already came all the way here).


Low GPS coverage at the cache location


Be very careful of fires and disposing any cigarettes (Depending on the trail you take you will see the big ecological disaster the 2007 fire created).

As always in Cyprus be careful of snakes and take plenty of water with you.


Platres village map & Detailed Troodos Area maps released on May2007 by the CTO available at: Geocaching Platres webpage


NOTES ON CYPRUS SNAKES: In case you are bitten by any snake DO NOT PANIC and visit the hospital asap (since even with the harmless to humans snakes you might be allergic to the venom). The Vipera Lebetina (Blunt Nosed Viper is almost unnoticeable due to its color and will make a sound if disturbed and before it attacks. It will not attack unless provoked so if you are face to face with one stay still) is VERY dangerous to humans and Highly Venomous. There are two more Venomous snakes in Cyprus but 'Harmless' to humans. The Malpolon Monspessulanus (Montpellier Snake will make a sound if disturbed and before it attacks) and the Telescopus Fallax (Cat Snake is very small and is actually a night snake). The very common Black snake of Cyprus is NOT venomous and not dangerous to humans.


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