» Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down VIII – Bali: Perfect Scenery at Batur Mountain
Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down VIII – Bali: Perfect Scenery at Batur Mountain
We are still on our day-long trip on Bali. We leave Singaraja town in the island’s north. Our next goal is the area surrounding Batur volcano.
And so it starts – a long road going up endlessly. We feel cold veiled into thick fog. We are approaching Batur volcano. The first opportunity to see its huge crater is at Penulisan village. The view is perfect given partially by the fact that you won’t expect it. The second largest lake on Bali (1 050 meters above sea level) creates the bedrock of the crater. Then there are some villages, thermal springs and Batur volcano in all its beauty.
The road goes on southwest along crater’s edge. There is the highest temple on Bali – Pura Tegeh Koripan (don’t let local ladies fool you and sell you expensive tickets). To be there during their holiday was true luck. A parade of women dressed in colorful dresses wore bowls with sacrifice on their heads. Batur mountain, a bare volcano with visible lava traces of 1917 and 1926 eruptions created background to the whole scene. One really take a moment to get fully immersed. Especially when you realize Batur and Kintamani villages and the temple as well were flooded with hot lava back then. People who survived built both villages and the temple again at the edge of the huge crater.
The crater is interesting for its scenery. But not only for that. Also, volcanoes there are still active. No one knows when they erupt next. When looking at that beauty we suddenly noticed the summit of Agung (3 142 meters above sea level) peaking out of the fog. We decided to climb to its summit.
We planned the climb for the following night. Two roads go there. One from Besakih up to the summit (from the south). The other starts further in the east. The route there begins at a car park in the forest and ends below the summit.
It was really difficult to find any means of transport to Besahih. Fortunately, we found a driver. He would take us there from Legian for 400 000 IDR (about 800 CZK). Travelling around Bali is strenuous task every time even in short distances. Traffic is really dense. Our road goes also along rice fields (particularly beautiful are those around Sidemen).
Two hours of ride later we stop at the gates. There are two men in suits asking us to pay them for us and a guide 1 000 000 IDR (about 2 000 CZK). We starred at them shockingly. We knew that you have to pay something for a guide (Agung volcano is sacred and they don’t want people to go there without a reason). What we didn’t expect was to pay one million rupees. We managed to lower the price to 750 000 IDR. Which was still too much. Unfortunately, the problem was that we had come by car not by minibus. Eventually the summit of Agung did not see our footsteps. We had to pay another 200 000 IDR to our driver to drive us to the port. Ships to Lombok are anchored there. So, wasted time and money sometimes are part of travelling.
A climb which would take us several days would lift our spirits. We would climb Rinjani volcano in ombok. Next week you will understand why we had to spare some money. Don’t miss this fascinating climb in marvelous volcanic landscape.
GPS: 8°15'18.7"S 115°20'06.7"E
Text and photo: Martina Brožková
We start our month long trip across Indonesia in its capital city of Jakarta (Java island). We did our best to leave it as soon as possible. Our first stop was on Muria peninsula, central Java (it runs into the Java Sea in the north).
Nusa Penida is situated southeast from very famous Indonesian island of Bali. It features regular ferry lines. Tourist infrastructure there is quite underdeveloped yet it has been improving. Should you prefer less tourist crowded areas and you like amazing vistas and great beaches, I recommend you to spend there three days at least.
Goa Giri Putri cave temple sometimes go by the name of nearby village of Goa Karangsari. High limestone caves are situated on the east coast of Nusa Penida, half way between Sampalan and Suana. As this is a temple, you have to wear a sarog, a piece of cloth wrappend around your waist to cover your lower body. If you don't have one you may rent one for 5 000 IDR (about 10 CZK).
After several hours of trekking in the damp jungle, you will hear a rust, raise your head, and there is an orange furry creature swinging from the liana to the liana. The feeling of pure excitement when you see the orangutan in your natural environment. Orangutan? Yes, orangutan. You do not have to go to the zoo anymore, just connect your visit to the famous Bali with the little village of Ketambe in the middle of the dense forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Bali is Indonesia's most interesting island with the capital Denpasar. The air is interwoven with local Hinduism, which differs from classical Hinduism by the added elements of local traditional faith. What certainly Bali cannot deny is the magical nature. Both attract to the island not only a lot of tourists, but also people come here for spiritual renewal, life reboots or just a good rest.
This famous Indonesian island is often referred to as the pearl of Indonesia, a paradise on earth or a place with a magical atmosphere. And rightly so. The local nature is absolutely charming. Bali is especially popular for its rice terraces, but it can offer much more. Let's take a look.
The island of Bali does not have many well-known cities to attract tourists, more visitors are attracted by its picturesque nature and beautiful temples. However, when you arrive in Bali, it would be a pity to omit them completely from your itinerary.
We start our journey through western Malaysia a bit unusually, by going for three nights to the Indonesian city of Medan in North Sumatra. From the airport located in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur several times a day, the low-cost airline Air Asia flies, and in less than an hour you can reach Medan (specifically Kualanamu Airport). It is the largest Sumatran city, the fifth most populous city in Indonesia.
It is almost impossible to go to Indonesia and avoid the masses of tourists today. Most tourists end up on the islands of Bali or Gili, some of them continue to the island of Lombok, Java or Sumatra. Would you like to avoid these places? Are you looking for a bigger adventure? Then go even further and discover the natural beauty of Flores Island and its Komodo National Park.
The trip to Rinjani is already arranged for us. Next part of our Indonesian adventure can therefore being! There is one main route (if not the only one) for getting up and back down. This trail goes from Senar to Sembalun. The trip’s length could be either 2,3 or 4 days long.
Rinjani volcano is the dominant sight on the Lombok peninsula. This second highest mountain in Indonesia is located at the altitude of 3726 meters. This one is a too much of temptation for any mountaineer.
It is night. We are on the edge of Ijen volcano which is famous for its blue flames. To see everything from up close we descended down the crater. Then we saw the first bearer. It was a slim man having a bamboo bar on his shoulder. On both ends there were two baskets filled up with sulfur rocks. We got out of his way. And he passed buy us. While we were descending, the smell of sulfur was increasing in its intensity.
We had seen many places on Java. Ijen volcano is, however, something entirely different. Sulfur miners work in harsh conditions here. Tourists pay entrance fee to see this unique thing. Blue flames, another symbol of the volcano, flicker behind the miners. This is the last spot on Java we saw before departing for Bali on the east.
We almost freezed on Penanjakan platform. We enjoyed the view over volcanic terrain and were on our way in jeep back to Tengger’s crater flat bedrock. Then we go afoot (under great volcanic conditions) to Bromo’s edge. The volcano is still active.
Trip to Bromo volcano in Bromo Tengger Semer National Park is probable one of the best travel experiences in Indonesia. The trip is highly organized and most touristic. Despite it is very expensive you will long remember it as a wonderful experience.
In our last article you learned more about Mt Muria, the holy mountain. We got there accidentally as we had different reasons why we traveled to Muria peninsula. There is a ferry on the northwestern coast (it departs from Jepara town) and it transports passengers to Karimunjawa National Park. We set aside two days because the ferry can cancel its trip due to huge waves. However, even two days extra were not enough.
Welcome back! We continue in our trip across Indonesia. Now we are below the summit of Rinjani (we are at about 2350 meters). Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest mountain. The night is upon us as well as the very climb to the summit (3726 m).
Early climb up the summit is done, successfully. We are on our second day in Rinjani territory. Even though we were sick and tired of walking we had to leave Sembalun Crater Rim and continue further on. The night at Anak lake was upon us.
We left Java for Bali. It is very different from other 17 thousand Indonesian islands. Many holidaymakers chose it as the place for vacation. Nature on the island is diverse and there are many contrasts. The atmosphere is wonderful and extraordinary. But to get such impressions we had to travel across the island first. We intended to travel through and through the central highlands. This would allow us to learn about the terrain and decide on which volcano to climb. Our route ran from the south to the north and back to the south in the tot al length of 200 kilometers (13 hours of ride on a scooter).
We stand on the edge of a caldera in Lombok’s north. We are in Crater Rim Senar camp. Ahead is a strenuous descend to Senaru village. It is not steep yet long (21 kilometers) and it goes through living breathing rain forest.
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