This is one of the fastest parts of Gauja, it is suitable for one day trips (the river fall is around 5 m, the trip takes around 4-5 hours). The route includes beautiful sights to see from the boat.
Usually this route is started near Cēsis city- from Raiskuma bridge. It is accesible by cars and used as a start/end point for some routes.
Further the route leads us by „Briedīšu” rock which you can see from the river only, not suitable to walk. Half a kilometer from the rock, river Amata meats Gauja. Amata is one of the fastest and most beautiful rivers of Latvia.
Down the river there are „Edernieku”rock on the right shore and „Ķūķu” rock on the left shore. It is not adviced to swim here, as it may be dangerous due to flowing sands.
Near „Ķūķu” rock there is nice resting place suitable up to 20 people. It is not allowed to leave trash there or make camp fire there.
In the ending part of route there are several cliffs visible: „Līņu”, „Engurakmens” and „Sprinģu” or „Līgatnes” rock.
The route ends near Līgatne Ferry which is the only remaining ferry across the Gauja river. In the 17th century there were nine ferries across the Gauja River to ensure convenient communication with Estonia and Russia. In the 20s – 30s of the last century, apart from the Valmiera and Siļķu ferries, in the olden times, such devices were the main way of crossing rivers in Latvia.
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