Explore the ancient history and traditions of Latvia when you visit this small country on the Baltic Sea. Here you can enjoy nature at bits finest with the multitude of gardens and parks, glorious lakes and spectacular forests. Riga is the capital of the country and is filled to the brim with architectural monuments reflecting the past of the city amid the modern pubs, restaurants and hotels. This country is quickly becoming a tourist destination and has been called one of Europe's hidden treasures. There are picturesque villages where you can see the local fold going about their daily chores, medieval castles that will take your breath away and ruined fortresses detailing the country's turbulent past.
Riga is a city of bridges characterized by padlocks, left there by married couples as one of the customs of this country. In Sigulda you can relax in the spa and visit the Turaida Castle in the national park. The highlight of your visit to this health resort is the sculpture park where the stone images reflect Latvian folk poetry. Hiking is a favorite activity in the Kurzeme, Latgale and Vidzeme regions. You can bask in the relaxed atmosphere of the charming villages or enjoy bird watching in the wetlands. The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia is the best place to see what rural life is like in Latvia where you can walk among historical dwellings and stop in at the pub for a local drink.
The highest waterfall in the country can be found at Kuldilga where you can have a picnic and take in the panoramic vistas. Jurmala has endless sandy beaches and contains many renowned spa resorts. There are many hiking trails in the national parks where you can see the wildlife and the beautiful plants and flowers indigenous to Latvia. Skiing and snowboarding are popular activities in the Vidzeme hills and if you are really adventurous you will want to challenge the rapids on the winding Gauja River.