Arabba - Marmolada
Arabba, heart of the Dolomites, offers unforgettable days spent in the surrounding mountains.
Relaxing walks, excursions, mountain bike tours or simply doing nothing and enjoying the magical atmosphere of the woods, which are very close to the village. There is a lot to do in the day time and evening, far away from the chaotic traffic in cities.
You will spend delightful moments in an unspoiled nature, immersed in Ladin tradition together with the people that are closest to you.
An impressive mountain range frames the enchanting valleys where every glance sweeps across the high and eminent peaks of the Dolomites. Mountain walks, bubbling streams, vivid colours, sounds of nature and the serene forests bring the mind into perfect harmony combining the real and imaginary.
Many small unique villages make up the Livinallongo municipality. These communities are surrounded by typical alpine flora and fauna and it is thanks to these excellent natural elements that it forms part of the European project “Rete Natura 2000”.
During an excursion or a simple walk through the surrounding forest there is ample opportunity to come across many of the wild animals that populate this area for example wild hens, weasels, wolves and many types of wild deer and on the highest plateaus the majestic ibex, a wild goat with its characteristic curved horns.
Walking along all these easy tracks, as for example the famous Viel dal Pan trail, or the trails on the Sella mountain plateau , or hiking over the historical track of the Col di Lana it is possible to reach wonderful panorama points where to catch sight of the hightest mountaintop of the Dolomites.
For those with a passion for trekking or climbing from beginners to experts, numerous adventures at high altitude, the assisted steel wire climbs(via ferrata), excursions onto the Marmolada glacier, mountain bike tracks or extraordinary road cycle trips are all available.
Mountain biking allows one to explore corners of our valley usually ignored by hikers and certainly not accessible by car, allowing cyclists to come closerto nature, practising their sport in the fresh, open air.
Recently one may hear talk about mountain biking mainly with reference to disputes as to whether or not this kind of transport should be used in the mountains; in reality, if used carefully and with respect for the off road rules ratified by the N.O.R.B.A. code, it is the best way to interact with nature in a fun and ecological way.
Arabba is also an important stop along the route of one of the hardest and most fascinating mountain-bike races in the world: the Jeantex Transalp, considered one of the biggest off-road mountain bike races, it is associated with beautiful scenery, breathless descents and strong emotions. Arabba, with its high mountain trails, unpaved roads, hills to test even the best athlete and vertiginous descents is the perfect destination for all bicycle lovers, offering not only difficult routes, but also tracks and trails to suit all abilities and ages.
Afew years ago Arabba became the starting and transition point for the Sellaronda Mountain-bike Tour (www.sellaronda-mtb.com), guided excursion around the massive Sella (3,152m) with the important aid of the lifts. Clockwise the trail around the Sella is about 58 km long with a difference in altitude of 3,400 metres (net 500m). Counter-clockwise the length of the trail is about 53 km with a difference in altitude of 3,000 metres (net 1,150m). A whole day is necessary to complete the trail in one of the two directions. The finalobjective is to introduce more and more lifts, so that the trail can be used by everybody.
In Arabba you will have the unique opportunity to start your walks and your tours at the discovery of the wonderful Dolomites directly from the top of these mountians
Modern and fast lifts will carry you safetly up to the highest mountaintops, such as the Portavescovo, with a breathtaking view over the Marmolada, and the Sass Pordoi, also called " the Dolomites panoramic view point".
Timetable: everz thirty minutes from 8,30 a.m. until 12,30 a.m. and from 2,00 p.m. until 5,30 p.m.
from 9 a.m. until 4,30 p.m.
Detachable Chairlift PADON 2
from 9,15 a.m. until 4,40 p.m.
SASS PORDOI Ropeway
Timetable: everz thirty minutes from 9, a.m. until 5,00 p.m.
Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.
The most famous websites are:
http://www.geocaching.com (on payment),
http://www.opencaching.com (promoted by Garmin and with an interesting and free Iphon application)
How does it work?
A geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items then record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site. Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers.
The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online. Geocachers are free to take objects (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value.
Typical cache "treasures" are not high in monetary value but may hold personal value to the finder. Aside from the logbook, common cache contents are unusual coins or currency, small toys, ornamental buttons, CDs, or books. Also common are objects that are moved from cache to cache called "hitchhikers", such as Travel Bugs or Geocoins, whose travels may be logged and followed online.
If a geocache has been vandalized or stolen it is said to have been "muggled" or "plundered." The former term plays off the fact that those not familiar with geocaching are called muggles, a term borrowed from the Harry Potter series of books which was rising in popularity at the same time Geocaching got its start.
Individual geocaching websites have developed their own guidelines for acceptable geocache publications. Though not universally required, the Geocacher's Creed provides ethical search guidelines. Government agencies and others responsible for public use of land often publish guidelines for geocaching. Generally accepted rules are to not endanger others, to minimize the impact on nature, to respect private property, and to avoid public alarm.
Some geocache are hidden in the Fodom Valley, come and find them!