New nature trail open to public at Ežezers, Latvia

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Nature lovers, hikers and other outdoor types have a new destination to explore with the openign of a new walkway at Ežezers in Rāzna National Park.

The nature trail was created in cooperation with Dagda region and Rezekne Academy of Technology and it is hoped that it will become a popular regional attraction.

The driving force behind the project was Līga Vaivode, who came up with the idea for the trail as part of her studies.

“I was sent to Jaundome for an exercise, writing a practice report with the idea of ​​creating a nature trail here. Later this practice report turned into study work and later into diploma work. For several years, the idea was put on the shelf, but when the opportunity came to submit a project, my diploma paper was dragged out, revised, refined, submitted, approved and this year also realized - which is a great pleasure for me,” says Vaivode.

Linking the lake to Jaundome Manor Manor is the 881 meter-log trail, of which 531 meters is a wooden boardwalk which allows easy access to a forest that might otherwse be tricky to navigate.

As Līga Kondrāte, a board member of the Latgale Regional Tourism Association, Ezerzeme, points out, the creation of nature trails in the region has a lomg-term perspective and is part of the unique offerings of Latgale region, but local businesses are still learning how to make the most of the tourists they attract to the area, which is has many areas of outstanding natural beauty but is also among Europe's most economically deprived areas.

“Several bog trails are already familiar. For example, the Teirunieki Bog Trail or the Andrupene Bog Trail... But today's tourist wants a comprehensive service, which means that entrepreneurs need to learn how to cooperate. If such a nature trail has been created by the municipality, it cannot ensure that there is catering, accommodation or other entertainment facilities. Businesses need to learn how to work together, one offering one thing and the other offering another, within a thirty kilometer radius,” explains Kondrate.

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