9 DAYS YOGA ROUNDTRIP
Daily adventures in nature with yoga; cycling through back roads, visiting our friends and family; waterfall treks; paddling traditional canoes on sacred lakes and soaking in hot springs; bathing in rivers and relaxing and snorkelling amongst corals and colourful fish.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
We meet together, in the village of Penestanen Kaja just out of Ubud, at our unique Yoga Shala, Under The Banyan Tree. The huge tree which enfolds the Shala gives an especially organic quality to our first Sama Yoga class together – a gentle grounding and heart-opening session.
We walk a short way over to our Bamboo House, the house with no walls, which is surrounded by rice paddies and views of both Batu Karu and Agung sacred mountains.
Lunch is served with the peaceful and soothing sounds of the breeze, ducks and frogs in the rice fields.
Together we discuss in detail the 9 day adventure that is about to unfold!
Today our journey will take you through the world-famous rice paddies of Tegalalang. But instead of joining the pack to see them from a tourist viewpoint, we will be cycling along pathways right through these incredible fields, and on the way gaining insight into the complex and millennia-old irrigation system called subak.
We will take a break at the traditional village of Sebatu, or Stone Rock, where we will make our way down the steps to enter Pura Dalem Pingit, the holy water and purification temple.
If you wish we will guide you through the ritual of purification in this holy natural spring water. The Balinese believe that water is one of life’s forces and therefore has great healing effects and can bestow blessings if acknowledged prayerfully.
Wayan invites us to her small warung where we sit, seeming to float in the jungle, and are served traditional Indonesian food and juice made from organic, locally-grown tropical fruits.
After lunch you may choose to continue by bicycle or be driven back to Ubud, where you can spend the afternoon as you wish; the town has so much to offer, from great shopping to wonderful choices in food, art, massage – your choice!
We leave the Ubud area this morning and head north into the foothills of Mount Batur, entering the UNESCO Global Geopark Network. This region is the centre of Bali Aga, the ancient animistic religion practised by indigenous Balinese and prehistoric settlers in this region.
On top of the crater rim we will enjoy lunch with stunning views of the large crater lake, Danau Batur,and the summit of the mountain.
Revitalized and ready for the next adventure we will ride along the crater and through the Pelagadistrict, situated roughly 800 meters above sea level. We’ll bike through dense mountain shrubbery, past sacred temples and on the way get to feel more intimately the everyday life of the smiling Balinese.
We keep riding through the mountain area and arrive at the 3 sacred lakes – Danau Beratan, Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan where we’ll find our home for the next three nights.
Dinner will be served by our friend Nereka, who is an inspiration to the local community with her knowledge of the importance of growing and eating organic food and caring for mother earth.
After rising early we get ready for our next adventure, a hike to out of the ordinary places, discovering natural untouched scenes and hidden waterfalls on the way.
Passing through lush green jungle, clove and coffee plantations, discovering tropical fruits in their natural habitat, visiting hidden caves and then — immersing oneself into the exhilarating rush of endless waterfalls. We take time to have breaks, swim in the natural pools, wade through small river crossings, shower under the pure spring water, whilst listening to the sounds of crickets and birds, and the whispering of the wind through the trees.
And the best way to bring the day to a close? A change of clothes, a beautifully prepared meal and amazing views out over the jungle.
Today we start our ride with the stunning backdrop of Mount Batu Karu and the subak landscape spread out around us. The philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, the underlying harmony of the spiritual, human and natural realms is manifested in the ancient subak system of water management and this important interaction between man and nature.
We break for lunch in the Jatiluwih Valley, exploring the traditional rice terraces which have been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing; and then we are back on our bikes for more off the beaten path adventure. Some uphill pedalling has its reward in amazing views, and cruising through villages and rice fields on gentle downhill slopes.
With sacred volcanoes behind us we are greeted by farmers as we see their day to day lives on the mountain slopes. We follow the rivers downstream, rivers that are fed by the waterfalls and end up in the ocean. As we get nearer to the coast the landscape changes and we are rewarded with breath- taking views of the ocean.
We bring this day to a close at the therapeutic natural springs of Jatiluwih. Soak your body in cool or hot springs, relax your sore muscles and enjoy a young coconut fresh from the tree.
Today we wake up a little way out of the famous surf destination of Balian, in a spot where the sacred river flows. According to legend, the holy priest Sakti Wawu Rauh arrived in this place sometime in the 15th century. Finding many people sick in the area he used his healing powers, by means of a wand planted upstream, to heal the sick whom he ordered to bathe downstream. Because of its healing powers the locals called it Balian river, Balian meaning shaman or healer in the Balinese language.
So today we will let our bodies relax. Maybe with a massage, or by relaxing or strolling on the beach, maybe with an ocean or a river swim.
We will drive you downtown to the small village where you can choose between a variety of cuisines; Indonesian, Asian or Western.
In the afternoon we will ride along the sacred Balian river and find hidden trails.
We will rise early this morning and head further north to the small village of Manis Tutu, close to the national park Taman Barat.
Enjoying the cool of morning we’ll cycle past the stunning rice fields and through traditional villages where life appears not to have changed in generations.
We invite you to drop in and meet our own Balinese family, giving you a unique opportunity to experience Balinese daily life.
Stopping by the family’s coconut plantation, Kadek will climb the palms to get you the freshest coconut!
For lunch we are invited to Putu’s traditional compound where we’ll sit in the bale bale to enjoy delicious Balinese food cooked by his mother.
Waking up this morning on the north west side of Bali in Pemuteran, we invite you to do your own thing.
Relax by the ocean, read a book, write in your journal, have a massage. Or, maybe swim out to snorkel and appreciate the incredible underwater life amongst the coral. Or, for an extra cost, go scuba diving; its an easy dive with shore-entry and is open to divers of every level and experience.
You could visit Bio Rock, a coral restoration project, and see how local coral reefs are being rebuilt and providing abundant habitat for fish, crabs, sea slugs and shrimp.
As night falls we meet for our final dinner, served on the beach, with the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and the stars overhead.
Our fabulous adventure together comes to a close after breakfast at the hotel.
We are happy to make arrangements for your transport to the airport.
(Or better still, extend your stay and join the Menjangan island adventure!)
Why we are different?
Some have called us a ‘spiritual boutique adventure company’, which fits very well. We are a small operation, by choice, because this is the best way to maintain attention to detail, keep personal contact with you, and also go out and explore with you, which we just love to do!
Our aim is to remain a friendly organization that caters to small groups of discerning adventure travellers who respect local culture and prefer to travel the unbeaten path.
Our team has been working successfully together since 1999 and we share a common value for Tri Hita Karana, harmony of earth, human and spirit.
960 € / person
Price based on double occupancy
Minimum: 4 people
Sama Yoga classes – every day
The physical presentation of Samayoga is an integration of Hatha Yoga, Kriyas, Qi gong and heart opening mantras, intuitively taught in a relaxed way.
Temple mountain bike ride – day 2
Total Distance: 25 km
Estimated time for cycling: 4 hours
Crater mountain bike ride – day 3
Total Distance: 20 km
Estimated time for cycling: 3 hours
7 waterfall Hike – day 4
Trek Total Distance: 8 km
Estimated time for trek: 3,5 hours
Jatiluweh mountain bike ride with Hot Spring – day 5
Total Distance: 27 km
Estimated time for cycling: 3,5 hours
River mountain bike ride – day 6
Total Distance: 15 km
Estimated time for cycling: 2 hours
- 2 nights in Ubud
- 2 nights in Wana Giri ( mountains )
- 2 nights in Balian
- 2 nights in Pemuteran
What is Included
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner according to program
- Snack, Fruit and Water during treks and rides
- All Entrance fess, Guide- fee, Park-fees
- All equipment, cycles, helmets, fees
- Clothes to enter sacred areas
- Gratitude to guides and staff
If you are wishing to join the trek we expect that you are an enthusiastic recreational or leisure good health and with average fitness!
Optional and easier treks are available as an option.
Please let us know if you have injuries or any other health information you need to share with us.
For the most part the ride is downhill and requires an average fitness level.
There are a few inclines and the occasional challenging hill, so it is best if you are a comfortable rider who can maneuver different terrains.
The few climbs on the ride are optional and can be avoided with transfers.
A support van is always nearby to support you in case you prefer to step off or need a break.
Each day we offer an option to take part of a Sama Yoga Class.
We stretch to the sun and bow to the earth, relaxing our bodies as we are guided through a yoga and meditation session, energising ourselves for the day ahead.
In addition to our passion in showing you the deeper aspects of Bali life, we also actively engage in educational projects that benefit the Bali’s mountain people.In 2013 we started our Activity center up in the small village of Wana Giri.
We are passionate about supporting eco-friendly tourism, where both culture and nature can be preserved in the most sensitive and sustainable way. We believe that by being actively engaged in projects that promote education through cultural tourism we are able to offer both visitors and Balinese a way to share in the preservation of the unique culture of this stunning island.
I had such a beautiful morning riding through the Bali countryside, gliding through rice fields, stopping to take in the breathtaking views and learn about farming and local plants. The whole trip was extremely well organised and I felt well taken care of, allowing me to relax and enjoy the ride! The temple visit was incredibly special. Overall a unique way of seeing this amazing island. Morag