9:00 (2 days)
Start at: 9:00 – Cēsis (bridge over the River Gauja)
Finish: Sigulda, campsite “Dainas”
What to expect?
This is a leisurely 2-day trip with an overnight stay in one of the riverside settlements. At the same time, it is also one of the most popular and magnificent boating routes in Gauja Valley, with unique and numerous sites. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see a number of sandstone rocks (Devonian outcrops), the Ķūķu Rapids and Līgatne Crossing. This stretch of the River Gauja is also known as Gauja Canyon, where Latvia’s most impressive sandstone outcrops are visible on both sides of the river. Including: Briedīši, Edernieki, Ķūķu (the highest in Latvia), Līņu, Enkura, Spriņģu, Jumpravu, Katrīnas, Glūdu, Launaga, Elpu Rocks. The trip will end in Sigulda, Latvia’s most beloved city, where you will have an unprecedented view of Turaida Castle from the river.
At the final destination, in Sigulda, at the campsite “Dainas”, our staff will meet you and take you back to your car. If you want to stay for longer, we offer a delicious dinner in our outdoor restaurant “MUNO” in Sigulda.
As this is a 2-day trip, please make sure you have a tent, sleeping bags, mosquito protection and enough food and water, as there will be no shops along the way :). It is possible to build a campfire in the riverside settlements, but it may not always be possible to find suitable dry branches for kindling, so we recommend bringing firewood and kindling with you.
The River Gauja, near Ķūķu Rock, will have one of the most spectacular rapids, and it is important to enter it straight downstream. It is possible to overturn when entering laterally there. This stretch is suitable for riders who already know how to paddle. Beginners are advised to be particularly careful in this area, or to stop before the rapids and walk around them.