|Bali (day7): Downhill Cycle Trip, Luwack Coffee, Volcano, Cockfight, Countryside and Rice terraces
||[Jan. 13th, 2015|01:40 pm]
Monday 22 December
That day we booked a 'Downhill Cycle Trip' of Bali with Bali Breeze tour . It was so good to really see the real Bali, we really learnt a lot about Bali; geographically and culturally, as we stopped at rice fields, a local's house ,a village in full activity, a family house for lunch and cycled :)
First we were taken to a Luwack Coffee plantation, this super cute creature poos coffee and make it very expensive. Such things were waisted on us non coffee drinking but this was one of this agro- tourism place so we learnt lots about all this lovely spices and fruits i like eating and drinking and how they grow and looks like. We also did lots of flavoured tea and coffee tasting. Ginger won, mangoosteen too sweeet and saffron just odd.
We then stopped at amazing viewpoint to see the rice terraces...they are everywhere but nontheless stunning.
Next stop was breakfast in some semi suspended restaurant with amazing views of active volcano Mount Batur and crater lake.
Then it was time to get on the bike, they slightly lied about the downhill, we learned there was 2 hills near the end (and they were killer hills) but the rest of the time was spent your hand on the brakes as we descended from the still-alive volano Mt. Batur down to Ubud. It was so lovely (despite the rain) as we went through fields, villages, rice fields, forest. Stopped at the odd temple or to recover after that hill :)
little stop by temple
One stop was in a very simple local house, but even in the poorest house they have a temple, our cycling guide was very local so learned lots about cultures and everyday life.
countryside and rain
after the hill
The next stop was unplanned and a bit of a surprise as we passed though a village in was in full activity so we stopped and got to see a cockfight, they are illegal on every island in Indonesia but Bali. It is quite horrible as they have blades attached to their leg, but on a cultural side, something tourist do not often witness. So all the men were betting and at the fight and on the other sides the women were planning celebrations. There was also some intrestuing gambling happening, so useful to have a local guide with great english on such occasion to explain.
Our trip ended in a large family household where they made delicious lunch for the various bike groups and their little girls entertained us to some dancing.
A very good day and a very much needed swim afterward as we got back.