*Welcome to the Bali rice terraces that most tourists don’t see*
For my second time around on the island, I really wanted to venture off the beaten path a bit and explore some areas outside the well-worn tourist track. The East coast of Bali was definitely that. This morning @bontraveler and I showed up at a tiny little trail entrance with no other tourists in sight as our guide led us over a foot bridge and along a winding path (that was more like a ledge) weaving high above these beautiful rice terraces. As we trekked, we witnessed people well into their 70s or maybe even older working in the intense heat to tend to their crops. We passed by tiny little communities in the hills where families sleep at night and then tend to the land again each day doing quite physical labor. It was a small peek at a true taste of Balinese life — one that you don’t see much in Instagram photos.
At one point along the trail, we paused and turned our heads back to survey the landscape and were shocked to see Mt Agung in all its glory rising into the sky. Apparently it’s often quite covered with clouds so the fact that we were able to see it so clearly was a treat! It’s days and moments like these that remind me why I continue to travel.
Thanks to @amankila and @kiwicollection for this beautiful morning experiencing the true Balinese way of life 🙏🏻 #amanpartner