Day 08: Ubud’s Ridge, Village & Valley – Balinese Street Food Experience B/L/D
Today your walk passes through the river valley of Tukad Wos, offering fine views of the stratovolcanic mountain Gunung Agung and glimpses of small village communities and rice fields along the way. Prior to commencing the trek, you will receive a brief orientation of the very beautiful Gunung Lebah (small hill) Temple. The temple, a subak temple (dedicated to the regulation of the water used in the rice paddies) was constructed in the 8th century and started the development of the settlement later to become Ubud. From the temple you’ll follow the path north, walking up onto the ridge between the two rivers, the Cerik and the Wos.
Continue north along the Campuhan ridge, arguably one of the best trekking routes around Ubud. This area has been considered a holy place for centuries. Enjoy the peaceful scenery while you walk between the tall green grasses. It’s truly amajestic walk. The trek also visits one of the Balinese compounds situated in the area, where you can learn about traditional house building and interact freely with the inhabitants. Your guide will assist you in this exchange.
Step once more outside the village to enjoy the rice paddy views and farming activities of the villagers until you arrive at a local resort situated on the edge of the Wos River and the end point for today’s trek. Here you will enjoy a sumptuous set menu lunch on the local restaurant, overlooking riverside greenery that remains untouched by the hands of time.
In the afternoon you will meet your local food specialist guide and drive to a traditional Balinese house at the outskirts of Ubud. You will be welcomed by a local Brahman and see how coconut oil is produced and used to make ‘Pepes Clengis’, a traditional steamed grated coconut dish with Balinese spices wrapped in Banana leaves.
Continuing your culinary discovery, you will stop at a small local Warung for a popular refreshment called.
‘Cendol’, a jelly-like drink consisting of green pieces of Tapioka, mixed with water and coconut milk and sweetened with brown sugar.
Next, take a walk around the famous Gianyar Night Market, which any local will tell you has some of the best food in Bali. The scene is brilliant, a local food haven on its own with the sound of hundreds of cooking pots, where families gather to eat delicacies such as roast pig, sweet cakes, chicken and coconut balls, fried bananas and tempeh and tofu. Try another Balinese speciality named ‘Bubur Injin’, a fermented black sticky rice cake.
End the evening at a hidden local bamboo restaurant near Ubud to experience a traditional ‘Megibung’ dining experience, in which people share several meals on a plate or Banana leaf. This is an authentic and special style of dining that was historically enjoyed during ceremonies and special occasions. The family-style served dishes consist of many rich and exotic Indonesian specialties and – the ideal way to try out the local cuisine.
Meal included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: The Sankara Resort Ubud (Deluxe Room) or similar.