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Abavas Rumba

Abavas Rumba, June 2008
Abavas Rumba, June 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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The second-widest waterfall in Latvia is Abavas Rumba. Its 1 m height might sound unimpressive but this is such a pleasant place for bathing in summer!

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GPS coordinates
57.0707 N 22.5269 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Talsi municipality, Abava parish, on Abava River
Abava River
Around 1 m
30-35 m

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A popular stop on the route from Riga to the gorgeous town of Kuldiga is Abavas Rumba – the second-widest waterfall in Latvia after the 249 m (up to 270 m) wide Ventas Rumba.

Abavas Rumba, June 2008
Abavas Rumba, June 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Abavas Rumba, though, is a lot less impressive. While the waterfall is some 30 to 35 m wide, it is just 1 m high.

Even more, this 1 m is not a single, abrupt step but a steep slope in the Devonian dolostone of Plavinas Formation. In some places the rock has many smaller steps, in some – it is almost a slide.

This might sound unimpressive, but Abavas Rumba is a really pleasant place to visit, especially in summer, when the water is warm.

Abavas Rumba in winter, February 1998
Abavas Rumba in winter, February 1998. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

One can find a cosy place in the stream and enjoy this natural spa.

In winter, when the water level is higher, Abavas Rumba may become less pronounced and sometimes it disappears altogether – there is just a powerful stream rushing ahead.

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