Lonely Planet Experiences: Rice Terraces Small-Group Hiking Tour
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Think of Bali, and you probably think of rice terraces cascading down the hillsides. Come see these gorgeous fields on a 3-hour small group tour that will teach you the ins and outs of the local agriculture.
You will discover an ancient irrigation system as you wander through fields growing everything from rice to tomatoes and find out how these fields are their own unique ecosystem and cultural tradition.
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What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Transportation from the meeting point to the rice fields
- Mineral water
- Cold towel
- Rice field donation
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal items
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- Visitors to Bali have long been drawn to the stunning emerald terraces that were first planted by Hindu priests when they arrived on the island in the 9th century. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the beauty of these fields as they change seasons, from planting to harvest offering up a serene, peaceful sight far removed from the bustling beaches of Bali’s tourist zones.
This 3-hour small group Bali tour will whisk you away from the tourist track and introduce you to the local life on the rice terraces of Kerobokan that defines the country’s agricultural industry.
Before you do, kick off your adventure with a visit to a large bric-a-brac antiques warehouse, followed by a walk through the local market where your guide will explain how local businesses operate.
Then, it’s to the fields! Here your guide will explain how the subak irrigation system works — it’s an ancient irrigation system, having first been introduced by Hindu priests when they arrived on Bali over 1,200 years ago, but is still very much in use today. The subak system is about so much more than just watering plants, though. It creates ecosystems for new life, and is bound by the community’s temples, where water priests honour the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the gods. You’ll learn more about this relationship with a visit to a local subak temple, a gathering place for farmers. You’ll walk from here in to the expansive rice fields of Kerobokan, where you will begin your trek of about two to three kilometres (wear comfy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!).
Make your way through the terraces, using the tops of walls as a pathway. Cross over rivers, carefully treading over the farmers’ bamboo bridges from one rice field to the next.
The local farmers here don’t just grow rice, but also tomatoes, beans, bananas, eggplant, chilies, corn, sugar cane and water snails. The rice fields themselves are home to a number of aquatic species, including frogs, fish, crabs, and snails — it’s the perfect little ecosystem and you’ll have a better understanding of how it all works together.
After your trek, you will be met by your driver, who will take you back to the starting point. From there, you’re free to explore more of the area on your own, or your local guide can give you some tips on where to go for lunch in the area before heading back to your hotel.
Departure Point :Bali Urban Adventures, Jl. Raya Kedampang, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Note that you will be trekking for about 2 - 3 kilometres through a rice field and therefore could get wet. Please wear clothing and footwear that you are comfortable walking in, and that you won’t mind if they get muddy or dirty. Also bring your camera and a sense of adventure!
- You will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people.
- Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Local Impact: How you taking this tour will benefit the local community: This tour supports farmers in the Kerobokan area by donating a portion of your tour fee to a local farmer’s cooperative. During the visit to the temple, your guide will explain how the co-op works across the rice fields, the intricate workings of the 1,000 year old subak irrigation system and its importance to the community
- We visit an antiques warehouse and a local market where any additional purchases you make will directly benefit the local community.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.