Day 138: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

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One of the best ways to see Bali is to hire a car and driver to explore the island. Most of the roads that criss-cross the northern highlands of Bali are extremely steep, potholed, and about the width of narrow American driveways, so a local driver is key. This being Southeast Asia, the entire experience is about $40 USD for a 12 hour day, including fuel and lunch for our driver.

One day we took a drive far north from our hotel in the seaside town of Sanur to the Jatiluwih rice terraces and village. The village is nothing special and really setup as a tourist trap, but the fields and landscape are absolutely stunning. Layers of rice terraces stretch smoothly over and around the rolling hillside. Streams carry fresh, cold water from the mountains above and run down through the terraces and pool in valleys far below. The air is cool, quiet and much less humid than on the coast in the south of Bali. Looking back, I feel like views like this only scratch the surface of what Bali has to offer.

 

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