1, 2, 3… Go!
Choose a cache among the different themes on the treasure map. Each theme is symbolized by a little character called “Poï’z”. Have a question? Simply contact the Tourist Office in charge of the quest you have chosen.
Once you have chosen a quest, get its roadmap in participating Tourist Offices or print it out. Click here to see the treasure map.
Enter your departure location into your GPS and let it guide you!
Our roadmaps generally indicate a car park as a departure spot : You may want to write it down so that you can find your car easily once you have finished.
Don’t have a GPS?
You can rent one for €4.00 in one of the 50 participating Tourist Offices. For the ultimate geocaching experience, use a hiking GPS (topographic map).
New in 2013 : You can also download our free Terra Aventura cell phone app, for the ultimate Terra Aventura experience.
All along the way
Respect nature by not littering. This is a great opportunity to teach young ones about being environmentally aware.
If you move a stone or branch in search of the Poï’z, remember to put it back where you found it : the little animals who live here will be grateful! This year, the Wisemen Council will award the greenest geocacher with a collector Poï’z : Zecolo. Just put the wrappers and litter you found during your quest in a garbage bin and go to a participating Tourist Office with the proof of your eco-friendly action (photo, video…)
Before you go…
A few necessary precautions!
Remember that distances can be longer than expected. Before you begin a quest, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and that you have brought along enough water for you and your family. You may wish to bring a snack along as well, and don’t forget you GPS (and batteries) if you have one!
Ready? Let’s go!
Start looking for those Poïz!
Solve each of the riddles on the roadmap and discover Limousin in a fun and original manner. Once you have collected all the clues, calculate the cache’s final coordinates and keep an eye out!
You found the cache!
Collect the Poï’z
The Wisemen Council has declared that there are 17 different Poï’z up to date, all hidden in their own caches. Have fun collecting them, and proudly pinning them on your clothes, bags, hats… Please respect other geocachers by only takingdon one Poï’z per person.
Keep the treasure intact
Once you have found a cache and taken a Poï’z, leave a personal object in its place (small toy, foreign coins, marbles…) so that the treasure lives on. Do not place food or inappropriate objects in the cache.
Enter your quest in the logbook
Each cache contains a logbook. Take time to read it and to write an entry. Don’t forget to write the date, your username (the one you use on www.terra-aventura.fr) and your message. The Wisemen Council will reward this season’s best geocachers on a regular basis (best logbook entries, best photos…). The competition is pretty tough, our advice is to be creative! For further information, go to our contest page
Don’t forget the Mystery Word
A Mystery Word is written on the logbook’s inside cover: it proves that you participated. Use it on the cache's page to try and win one of many prizes.
Nothing in the cache?
If the Poï’z have gone for a stroll, don’t panic! Put the container back where you found it and go to the nearest participating Tourist Office with the Mystery Word (if the logbook is still in the cache) : you will be given a Poï’z and the Wisemen Council will make sure the Poï’z return to their cache immediately.
For your eyes only…
When you have found a cache, make sure you haven’t been seen by a Moldus (a non-geocacher). It’s important to keep the cache a secret. Always put the container back where you found it and make sure it is closed tightly (to keep humidity out) and that it can’t be seen.
Back at home
Share your experience!
Go to your cache’s page with the Mystery Word you found in the logbook. Use the form at the bottom of the page to tell us all about your Tèrra Aventura quest!
Join our exciting Facebook Community by liking our page www.facebook.com/terra-aventura, and receive our latest news and important clues. You can share your experience with other adventurers, ask the Wisemen Council questions and share your favourite photos.
Participants who have submitted the best photos and tales will receive prizes awarded, each month. So come and join us!
Once the season has ended, participant’s names will be drawn to win a fabulous trip and lots of other prizes.
Conditions by clicking here
Poï’z : the words “POI” (point of interest) and “Toy”(s) put together (the “ ¨ ” on the “i” is for French pronunciation reasons). Poï’z are little one-footed creatures found in Tèrra Aventura caches.
(Geo) Cache: Sealed containers where you will find Poï’z, a logbook and various little objects left behind by other geocachers.
Logbook: Small notebook where geocachers are meant to write a few words about their quest.
Geocaching: Outdoor activity requiring the use of a GPS to search for a container called “cache” or “geocache”. Tèrra Aventura is based on this activity.
GPS (Global Positioning System): a satellite navigation system enabling users to compute their position. (Its accurateness varies with the number of satellites receiving the coordinates: 3 or more metres).
GPS coordinates: Geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) enabling the satellites to find your position.
Geocoin / Travelling object: small metal object that has an identification code on it, enabling its owner to follow it as it travels around the world, on the geocaching.com website. You can purchase Tèrra Aventura geocoins in participating Tourist Offices.
Moldus: a person who is not (yet) familiar with geocaching and Tèrra Aventura. Make sure there are no Moldus around when you are handling the cache you have found!
Zethik: Tèrra Aventura’s virtual money. It enables you to preserve your geocaching « playground », alongside The Heritage Foundation.
Z’IP: A committed Tèrra Aventura Geocacher who is the eyes and the ears of the Wisemen (rumor has it that true Tèrr’Adventurers will be awarded with a special Badge)!