Bali, one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations, is drawn with world-famous beaches, typically volcanic landscape, alternating with slopes of lush forest inhabited by monkeys.
In the fascinating Island of Gods, we are absorbed and taken to a world of millennial traditions, mirrored in colourful ceremonies, dramatic dances and wonderful temples. Making the features of adventurers, as well as the ones looking for a laidback atmosphere, we will travel through the island delighting with the tranquillity of Amed, the good vibration of the Bukit Peninsula and the spirituality of Ubud, in an in-depth introduction to the island of a Thousand Gods.
Your adventure begins when you land at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. A journey of about 2 hours will take you to Ubud, the cultural centre of this island, known for its classical dancers and talented musicians, as well as for its painters and artisans.
Having been an essential source of herbs and medicinal plants, Ubud got its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine) and is still known today for its spa and relaxation culture.
Depending on your time of arrival, take the time to relax and explore the surrounding streets.
We start the day visiting some of the most emblematic temples in the region. Starting at the 11th-century temple complex of Gunung Kawi, we descended its 270 steps into the river valley where we marvel with 10 shrines, each standing over 7 metres high, sculpted into the rock face.
Then we continue to the famous and impressive Tirta Empul, where you will have an authentic encounter with the Balinese spirituality, being able to do a purification in its bathing areas of sacred waters.
The afternoon is free, but we’ll meet in the late afternoon for a walk in the middle of the rice fields as the sun goes down, enjoying a breathtaking backdrop adorned with Mount Agung.
We start off the morning by visiting BAWA, leaving our donations and meeting the fantastic work done by these warriors on the island. We then dedicate our time to Pasar Seni, the largest market in the city. As well as being a must visit, it is also the ideal place for those who want to shop souvenirs. Located in front of the Ubud Palace, streets full of vendors display silk handkerchiefs, handmade fabric bags, baskets or hats, statues, painted pictures and many other craft products made in the surrounding villages.
In the afternoon visit the city at your own pace. Marvel at Ubud Palace, have a coffee at Taman Saraswati Temple, hang out with monkeys at Monkey Forest, relax with a massage or refresh yourself at the Tegenungan waterfall.
At night, temples are invaded by Balinese Dance shows. As an option, you can watch one of them in a farewell mode of this magnificent city.
Early in the morning, we heading off to Amed, stopping in one temple along the way. The Tirta Gangga is an ancient royal palace situated in the eastern part of the island of Bali.
Once you arrive in Amed, it is inevitable not to be absorbed by the relaxing and familiar environment of this peaceful black sand beach. Take some rest with some sunbathing!
At the end of the day, we gather to watch the breathtaking sunset behind Mount Agung.
Amed is a small fishing village erected around a single road by a bay. In times known for the extraction of salt, today is on the map of anyone in love with the underwater world.
Enjoy the morning relaxing on the beach, as the night promises to be intense.
Tropical fish of all colours, sea turtles, sharks, rays, beautiful coral gardens and even wrecks, make for the delights of a good snorkelling or diving session (not included).
After lunch we continue to Kintamani, installing ourselves near one of the most active volcanoes of Bali, the Batur with 1717 meters of altitude.
The Mount Batur is the most active and popular among travellers, taking its ascent and descent, about 6 hours, with a medium difficulty level. It is precisely for this reason that we are getting up early today – we will see the sunrise from its summit!
We then stop at the thermal pools at the foot of the volcano, to mitigate the effects of the walk, with a fantastic view over Lake Batur.
After lunch, we set out for Munduk, a cooler climate rural mountain village, surrounded by rice paddies and tropical rainforest and an excellent base for hiking.
Let the landscape wraps you and enjoy a moment of complete connection, through the tropical rainforest and alongside rice fields. Traditional villages, waterfalls, coffee plantations, cloves and local spices will fill this day of communion with nature. The walk leads us to a refreshing and magnificent waterfall, where you can take some diving and from where we go for a very traditional lunch.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
After leaving Munduk, the first stop will be made at the UNESCO listed rice terraces of Jatiluwih. Green rice paddies step up the mountainsides, dotted with farmer’s cottages. We’ll be around for about an hour, where we learn about the traditional subak style of rice farming that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Arriving in Canggu, the afternoon is free to enjoy the beach or, perhaps, to surf the famous Balinese waves.
According to the tides, we will visit the Tanah Lot Temple, built on a rock in the middle of the sea. A Hindu pilgrimage site is one of the most iconic temples in Bali.
We then set out for one of the most massive waves of Bukit Peninsula, Padang Padang, where we relax between dives, on this small beach bordering on perfection.
The day is free to relax on the beach, but the late afternoon will be spent in the Luhur Ulu Watu Temple, where we watch the famous Kecak Dance as the sun goes down.
Depending on the time of your flight, begins the farewell of the island of the Gods, which certainly has a place in your heart.
Safe travels and terima kasih!
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