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14 Km Geocaching Hike Starting after 10pm – That’s Portugal

14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | Portugal

Mega-Event in Portugal

Mega-Event in Portugal

Editor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are  attending dozens of Mega-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching. Each person at Geocaching HQ brings their own unique talent to advancing the adventure. Some write code for the website, others design images for the apps, and some shoot videos explaining it all. Annie or Love works as the Partners Program Manager, supporting all international distributors. This is her Mega-Event experience.

In early June, I had the pleasure to travel back to Portugal to attend 14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | Portugal. After the very warm welcome I received at Geocoinfest in Portugal two years ago, I was excited to spend some more time with the geocachers from one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Even better, this Mega-Event would be taking place in the one of the most magical places. Sintra, a community hidden in the Sintra Mountains of the Lisbon region, is filled with unreal sites including a Moorish castle, architecturally stunning palaces and endless tiled sidewalks.

Mega-Event Attendees

The festivities spanned over five days in the Sintra region, and included a variety of geocaching walks, CITO events, a geocache lab adventure and lots of smiling faces. We walked, we cached and we blew bubbles. If you’ve ever wanted to use geocaching as your form of tourism, this Mega-Event would have been for you.

Bubble-blowing event

Bubble-Blowing Event

Some might think it’s weird to start a 14km hike at 10:30pm. Not geocachers. We thrive on adventures like that. If you can find about 35 caches on that 14km hike, even better. On the second night of the event, that’s just what we did.  When I finally returned to my hotel around 3am, I was able to reflect on a fun adventure through the mountains of Sintra with nearly 100 geocaching friends. Those are the memories that will stick with me forever.

Night Hike

Geocaching Night Hike

 

bruning portugal

“Bruning” in Portugal

Pride is one word I would use to describe Portuguese geocachers. Several times throughout the five days, I had conversations with individuals or geocaching teams about the incredible efforts they’ve put into their own geocaches. In a couple of cases, the teams had spent over a year perfecting one geocache. These are the types of geocaches that would inspire me to plan a return trip to Portugal.

New Friends

Love (center) and Geocaching Friends

If you are in search of a place where the people are friendly, the views are amazing, the culture is rich and the geocaching is pretty ‘darn’ good, Portugal has got you covered.

caching in portugal 2

Love and Geo-pup

Picnic Geocaching

Picnic Geocaching

 

  • Lovesmom

    Nice piece, Love!

  • Delta68

    Great blog, it was good to meet you in Sintra Love :-)

  • loyal_reader_wa

    sounds like a great time….. are the rules different in portugal? 328 will attends AND mega?

  • Tumbleweed2

    I had the same question on how they got Mega status with less than 350 attended?

  • geo-amd

    The criterion is 500 total people, not 500 “attended” logs. See the logbook: http://imgcdn.geocaching.com/cache/log/7eda2f5d-af1f-48b5-b7e1-0c442d0cb4d6.jpg. I was the 581th to arrive.

  • loyal_reader_wa

    thank you geo-amd. thats what I thought too. I misunderstood i guess because I thought it was being advertised as mega prior to the event. see the guidelines….

    Mega-Event status upgrade requests must be submitted at least eight
    weeks prior to the event. A decision will be made 4 weeks in advance of
    the event. Events will not be upgraded to Mega-Event after the event has
    taken place.


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