Geocaching in Val Gardena
Nearly everyone will have heard of this modern-day treasure hunt where the fun of playing the game is combined with a hike. The „treasures“ come in the shape of caches (or containers) which are hidden somewhere in the great outdoors. The hunt starts online at www.geocaching.com. Here you can log in to create a free account. This is the official Geocaching database where you will find the rules of the game, tips and information, as well as GPS coordinates of the places where caches are hidden and can be found using a GPS device or GPS-enabled Smartphone – in this case in the area of S. Cristina and Val Gardena in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Geocache containers which are located in each of the hideouts also include a notebook (or Log Book). By entering your details in the Log Book, you are recording your part in the treasure hunt. It is important to leave the container exactly as it was found. Should the container be found out in the open rather than hidden, it must be camouflaged in such a way that people not taking part in the game and unaware of the rules will be unable to find it.
Geocaching is an exciting way to explore the UNESCO site in the Dolomites and the exceptionally beautiful landscape around Val Gardena where you may discover some unknown, as yet untouched places.