Marshes with wooden pathways – floating bird watching stations – Fishermen’s villages with quiet beaches – Soviet architecture

Kemeri national park – a natural wonder popular with thousands of migratory birds, as well as tourists, that have been coming here for more than 200 years to improve health in the resorts that provide therapeutic sulphur and mud baths. While the previous glory of the resort has been lost and one can only stand in the shadows of the buildings that were once healing thousands, it is becoming a popular tourist place once again for those seeking unparalleled natural beauty.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Central station
DEPARTURE TIME Leaving at 12:15 AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
PATH
30% asphalt, 70% gravel/forest roads and some parts with wooden plank covered trails
WEAR Comfortable riding cloth.
INCLUDED
Guide Train tickets
2 hours free time on the beach Bicycles and equipment
SUGGESTED
Water or tea in a vacuum flask
Bathing suit

We start by exploring the remains of what once was a popular resort town with remains from the architecture of the first republic of Latvia as well as scary Soviet concrete monsters.

We’ll watch birds from a floating tower on one of the lakes and witness how the healing sulfuric water surfaces somewhere in the marshlands. This water and therapeutic mud made Ķemeri a popular destination for medical tourism already in the 18th century.

Then we’ll head towards Kurzeme coast for a refreshing sea breeze in the streets of small fishermen’s villages and a walk on pure sandy beaches.

After a lunchbreak with local smoked fish we’ll return to Ķemeri and leave our bikes behind and go for a walk on a plank-way through the marshlands to get to know more about the unique flora and fauna.

Additional information

Duration5 hours
Physicality4/10
Age10+
DatesYear-round
DestinationRiga, Vecāķi
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick-up and return from hotel/hostel.
DEPARTURE TIME Leaving at 10:00 from Riga and arriving in Sigulda at 11:00
RETURN TIME Leaving from Sigulda at 16:00  and arriving in Riga at 17:00
PATH
  • ~ 16 km on forest trails and plank paths
  • There are a few steep climbs on wooden steps
  • Total altitude gain ~570m
WEAR
  • solid hiking boots or runners
  • a rain jacket is advised (especially during cold season)
  • small bag for water, snacks or souvenirs
INCLUDED
Transportation to/from Sigulda Tour guide
Cable car ticket (7eur)
SUGGESTED
Breakfast and lunch
Vučko’ ride down the track

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