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Gauja National Park. The Gauja - Latvia?s longest river, extremely popular with tourists because none of its 452 kilometres has been regulated from its original course. For 90 kilometres the Gauja flows through an ancient river valley that is the heart of the Gauja National Park. Nowhere else in Latvia will you find so many steep banks, ravines, streams, sandstone and dolomite cliffs, and caves, as in the ancient Gauja river valley with its tributaries.

Like other national parks in the east of the Baltics, the Gauja National Park includes natural territories relatively untouched by man, as well as historic rural landscapes, and important ancient monuments. The park also offers walking trails, observation points, rest places, well established camping facilities, car parks, cafes, various types of tourist cabins, information centers and the services of knowledgeable guides.

Tourists started to visit this area in the 19th century. Nowadays the main tourist attractions are Sigulda and Cēsis towns, Turaida museum reserve, Āraiši Lake fortress and Līgatne Nature Park as well as the most popular archaeological objects ? Zvārtes rock, Ērgļu (Ērģeļu) cliffs and Sitiņiezis rock.

On the banks of the Gauja, Amata and Brasla Rivers there are special campsites for water and car tourists.
walking trails, observation points, rest places, well established camping facilities, car parks, cafes, various types of tourist cabins, information centers and the services of knowledgeable guides

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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