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Launched in the USA in May 2000, geocaching is now a worldwide game of hide and seek that anyone can play. Simply create an online profile and visit www.geocaching.com.
All you need is a handheld GPS or Smartphone. Since it first came to France about five years ago, geocaching has now spread countrywide. France alone now has some 10,000 geocaches for you to find.
Roughly a hundred new caches have been placed along the Champagne Wine Route tourist trails. Each one is hidden in a spectacular location – somewhere you wouldn’t think of going on the Côte des Blancs, the Montagne de Reims, the Massif de Saint-Thierry, the Marne Valley or the Côte des Bar. They lie scattered around towns, village, vineyards and forests, filled with treasures. Some have a logbook to record the observations of everyone who has found the cache.
Other precious goodies include ‘travel bugs’: items to be transported from cache to cache by geocachers who move them all around the world. Every travel bug is on a mission. Monsieur Chardonnay’s mission, for instance, is to travel to the vineyards of California and link up with Madame Chardonnay!
Geocachers then report their finds online, so the whole world of geocaching knows they have found the cache.
Visit geocaching.com to download information about the caches hidden along the Champagne wine trails. Then set off to explore the wealth of attractions that make up this fascinating terroir. Vineyard landscapes as far as the eye can see, famous landmarks, remote spots of a special kind – the Champagne Appellation has it all.
See what geocaching treasures await you on the following trails: