The area of the “Pedra Ruiva” is a part of Costa Vicentina largely unknown but with a wild and unique beauty. Due to their complicated accesses has remained well, over the years. Being only frequented by fishermen, isn’t a tourist spot but it has a lot to see. O Arroja #2 takes you to meet another quiet place of this area where you can enjoy the existing geological details through there, from rock formations, caves and some waterfalls. Also you can see some typical seafood species like barnacles or mussels.
The cache consists of three points, placed on spots with a very difficult access. Require climbing, walking on very slippy rocks, pass through small caves, use some ropes and possibly get your feet wet. The time window is a bit limited, yet do all steps with calm. Here everything must be done calmly. Start your hike from waypoint “trailhead 1”. Go to the first coordinate and you’re facing the entrance of a cave. Count how many large opening you can see there, not including the one where you are (meaning large as those with space for a person pass through).
- If you count 1, the next step is at: N37 13.576 W8 52.946
- If you count 2, the next step is at: N37 13.519 W8 52.976
- If you count 3, the next step is at: N37 13.469 W8 52.970
- Don't post photos from this point please.
So, I leave you with the following advices and recommendations to visit the spot:
- The cache access is not always available. You only can arrive and leave the place with a low. Therefore always check the tides before you go, not to get stuck in place. Always go with the ebb tide to have more time.
- A good idea is to take a fisherman's boots, make final part easier and safer.
- Always check the sea state, curling with more than 2 feet may forbid to get the place.
- Never make this cache alone, it’s in a isolated place and you may haven’t mobile phone network for any eventuality.
- In the rainy season don’t go there because access can be quite unsafe.
- If you have problems with heights, climbing rocks and slippery slopes don’t make this cache.
Cache visitors assume all the risks involved in visiting this cache, and are responsible for calculate the conditions of execution. Common sense and safety always comes first.
You can access “O Arroja #1”
from this initial coordinate, but only at low tide. If you choose this approach have to be very careful with the curling inside the cave and with the very slippy rocks, which can scratch or cut you. Again, common sense above all. If you choose to make this crossing, may leave the place in "O Arroja # 1" side and don’t need to come back here.
This cache is in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina. Then do not forget to help preserve nature and natural beauty of the place, any garbage you have find on the place or during the walk please take it to the containers in the acess - Cache In, Trash Out!
Good luck and have fun!