Sunday, March 18, 2012

Groundspeak Announces 5 New Country Souvenirs

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There are many different facets to geocaching, and whether you’re in it for the bragging rites, the glory, the travel bugs, or the exercise, it’s a great game. One of the most overlooked parts, and in my opinion one of the most fun, of geocaching is the souvenirs that you can earn to display. You can read a full explanation of souvenirs here, but basically they are digital badges that you can earn by finding a geocache in a specific location or attending an event.

Recently, Groundspeak, the minds behind Geocaching.com, recently announced that they were adding five new geocaching country souvenirs to its massive list of souvenir locations. All of these can be accessed immediately, and can be earned by logging a cache or attending an event in any of these countries. Without further ado, here’s the list:

Puerto Rico

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A United States territory since 1900, Puerto Rico is a tropical paradise with lots of memorable sights and more than 1,000 geocaches. The country is known for its hospitality and friendliness to strangers, making it a great leaping off point for new country souvenirs. Some of the notable caches include Playita Rosada, the Cueva del Viento, and the El Árbol Solitario.

China

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Geocachers can get a souvenir in The People’s Republic of China by finding any one of the 1,345 active geocaches, or attending an event. China is filled with a rich culture, fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes, and plenty of iconic geocaches, including a virtual cache at the Great Wall of China, and another at the Terracotta Warriors.

Singapore

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Singapore is full of interesting history, unexplored vistas, and plenty of adventure, so it’s well worth a visit! The country also features more than 500 geocaches, with more and more being added every day! Visitors can earn a cool Singapore souvenir for the profile page by logging any of these traditional or virtual caches which are scattered about. Some notable caches include one at the Changi Airport, and Chinatown.

Russia

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Geocaching, called “геокэшинг” in Russian, will take intrepid geocachers across the vast expanse of this country. From the bustling sights of Moscow to the natural wildlife reserves and everything in between, logging any of the 800+ caches in the world’s largest country will now gain you an awesome souvenir! Some of the more popular caches include the Kremlin, inside Volcano Mutnovsky, and St. Petersburg.

Romania

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Home to Castle Dracula and an extremely robust geocaching community, Romania is the last of the five newest geocaching country souvenirs. From the capital to rural towns, there are more than 3,211 geocaches to log and find including popular geocaches located in Bucharest, Balea Lake, Casa Poporului, and even Castle Dracula itself!

So, have you been to any of these countries? Tell me in the comments below!

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