Last week, I decided to test for you an original tour : a Land Rover Journey to the Secret Soul of Bali. The secret soul of Bali was the part of the activity that interested me the most and yes it was! This tour gives an insight of life in Bali from a different perspective, a real cultural experience!
They picked up us and gave us some fresh water for the trip. Comfortably installed in the Land Rover, we were ready to start our day in the back roads of Bali. The guide, Mr Bagus, is very knowledgeable, friendly and has a fluent English.
First stop : a natural stone quarry in the middle of nowhere.
The guide explained to us how the villagers live and work there, men cutting the stone out of a dry river bed and women bringing them up (5kilos per stone !).
Next stop : an agricultural village where we met a local family in there traditional Balinese farm house. They showed us the wealth of tropical plants surrounding them: Cacao trees, mangosteens, coffee and traditional rice fields…
They also show us their animals : chicken … As every typical Balinese House, they have a little temple and explained us all the rituals. They invited us after the tour in their house to a locally grown coffee and Balinese sweets. So friendly!
Mr Bagus advised us 30 minutes soft trekking through the rice fields after this authentic break and it was a good idea! Losing ourselves in this nature was so refreshing!
From there, we went into the mountains through the UNESCO-recognized rice terraces of Jatiluwih, the most breathtaking rice fields ever! It is really a must visit in Bali, located near the coast, at an altitude of 640 meters above sea level, the cool mountain air merges with the warm sea breeze. We took some pictures and walk in the middle of those gorgeous rice fields.
After this little escape, Mr Bagus drop us to the Bamboo Forest Restaurant, a restaurant built from local bamboo in the middle of the mountains, 900 m high in a forest, serving delicious Balinese mountain food: great local food, deserts, good wine and coffee.
After the lunch break, we visited Batukaru Temple, a unique sacred mountain sanctuary and one of the six directional temples of Bali that are believed to protect the island and its people from evil spirits.
After this amazing journey in the unseen Bali, Mr Bagus dropped us back home.