GeoTour

Do you like aircraft? Are you interested in how the airport operates? Accept our invitation to the first Czech GeoTour, which will lead you on a tour through Václav Havel Airport Prague.

Geocaching lovers can look forward to ten new caches located either right at the airport or nearby. The entire Geotour will be hosted by the character Peter the Traveller, whose stories will take participants back to the airport’s historical past as well as its present and lead them to interesting locations around the airport. He’ll also remind participants of security rules for the transport of goods on board of the plane and point out the opportunities of leisure time activities at the airport. As a souvenir, tour participants will receive a Czech Wooden Geocoin.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a game balancing sport and tourism, in which GPS navigation systems are used to look for hidden caches whose geographic coordinates are known. To find them, GPS tourist receivers or smartphones are used. People interested in geocaching are labelled geocachers. Upon finding a cache, the founder makes an entry in a logbook or takes a small item found in the cache in exchange for one of his own, then re-hides the cache.

Geocaching originated in the USA as an immediate reaction to President Clinton’s 1 May 2000 decision to stop artificially interfering with the GPS signal, making it accurate to within a few meters for civil users instead of the dozens or hundreds of meters required before.  One day later, Dave Ulmer published his note on Usenet on a potential global Stash Game and on 3 May 2000, in a historical first, he placed GPS Stash Hunt - Stash #1 at N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800.

The first cache in Europe was placed in Ireland (at Bray Head, County Wicklow, with a view of the Irish Sea) on 3 June 2000 by Chris O'Byrne. During the first month of the new game, 21 caches were placed.

The first active cache in the Czech Republic was GCE50 Tex-Czech by Kenneth, McKeny and Ethan on 1/6/ 2001, placed in the natural preserve at Štramberk.

Currently, approximately 70,000 caches are located in the CR and almost 2.5 million all over the world.

Travelbugs

Caches may also contain special travelling items. These may either be travelbugs (any item featuring a special metal mark) or geocoins (special coins) with a unique identification code. Such items usually have an objective indicated on a piece of paper attached or on the internet. If the cache found contains a travelbug or geocoin, the geocacher can decide whether he will take the item from the cache (and will attempt to fulfil the objective by transporting it to another cache) or whether he will just take a look or note the unique code for future registration on a server. If he’s not interested in the travelling items, it may simply be left in the cache.