Would you like to spend a day in the outback of Bali, a little away from the common tourist sights, experiencing the local culture? WakaLandCruise could be what you are looking for!
If you decide to join the tour, a local guide will come to pick you up in the morning at your hotel. Once you sit in the Land Cruiser he will detail you the program for the day and the journey to the secret soul of Bali will begin.
All the tour will be in Tabanan’s region, which we found really charming and beautiful. Moreover because of the day of our excursion, that was the first of a 3-day celebration, called Galungan. Everything around us like houses, streets and temples were specially decorated for the occasion. The negative part of the holiday is that Batukaru temple was closed to visitors, so we had to skip it.
Our first stop was a dry river bed from where the villagers cut and get the stones with complete manual equipment. The most impressive thing was how the women were carrying many of these stones on their heads to bring them to their village, since Jordi was barely able to hold one with his hands. From there we moved to visit a family in an agricultural village. Here they told us about Balinese culture, showed us their centuries-old house and in the end they offered us some coffee and tea, to accompany some typical sweets. Definitely we loved the pancakes with coconut and palm sugar, yummy yummy!
Before the lunch break, we went for an optional trekking through the fascinating rice terraces of Jatiluwih, declared few years ago UNESCO World Heritage Site. The views walking between the rice fields were very stunning. Surely the highlight of the tour! After that, we joined and enjoyed a rich and delicious buffet of Balinese food, served in a restaurant in the middle of the rainforest.
To conclude, we should have visited the temple, but since it was closed we went directly to a local coffee farm. There they introduce us to a little and so cute animal, called luwak, that is used to find a fine kind of coffee. They showed us how they work the coffee beans and we had the possibility to taste different teas and coffees of their production.
Overall, we have to say that the tour definitely fulfilled our expectations, with a funny and great guide and interesting sights to visit off the beaten path.