The Ecological Process Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rucava, Courland, Latvia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length6.2 miElevation gain232 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingBeachWildlife
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The ecological process trail introduces travellers to the bottom part of the Papes nature park through five eco-systems: lake, meadow, forest, marsh, dunes. There are several stops on the way - each of them telling about the development of the nature landscape influenced by different nature processes. The nature trail passes the Ķoņu village in the direction of Nida marsh, which is the only marsh in Latvia so close to the Baltic sea and is one of the most valuable marshes in Latvia. There’s a wooden boardwalk that takes you to the viewing platform in the west side of the marsh to observe the area. Moving on, the trail turns to the sea and leads you back to the Pape channel in the village of Pape along the incredibly white sea shore. On your way, visit the fishermen yard ‘’Vītolnieki’’ administered by the Latvian Open-air Musem, the Mikjāņi yard and take a look at the traditional buildings at Ķoņu village, wich is one of the two Latvian fishermen villages that have managed to keep the authenticity of fishermen village construction until nowadays.

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