Latvia is a land of unblemished beauty. From the undisturbed outerlying forests to the gorgeous architecture of the capital Riga, it is a country of wonder and charm. Known as the "gem of the Baltic" it has a temperate climate, thriving city centers, and a unique culture. For the novice or experienced outdoorsperson it offers a variety of hiking, skiing, mushroom picking, and more. Should you prefer experiencing the city, Latvia has a great arts and music scene with museums aplenty.