This area of Bali has been blessed in innumerable ways. Bali could easily be referred to as “Water World” due the heavy rainfall it receives. Even now, in early April when the rainy season has ended, it still rained a bit every few days. The Balinese have constructed water courses that cross the island, and here in the mountains, the sound of flowing, gurgling water is ever present; gently lulling one to sleep; providing white noise background for meditation; and reinforcing the design water plays in daily life here. The water course that wound around the corner of my cabin also serves as a corridor through the landscape. Transited by the local people out gathering foodstuffs, material for fire, or on the way home, the watercourse also has dogs, cats, and chickens following its’ curves. We started our trek to the waterfalls by following our home watercourse.
In the photo, you should be able to discern two ridges close to the top of the mountain. We trekked toward those ridges, forded the streams, and then followed the streams down through the steep terrain to numerous waterfalls. In the area of the photo, there are nineteen waterfalls spread throughout the two ridge lines as they flow north towards the sea. Most of the waterfalls are fairly dramatic to see due to the fair amount of water being carried.
This trek took place over five and a half hours. The first part was mostly flat overland with a couple of streams to ford; then through the rice fields and finally the hardest part, climbing up and then down, following the falls through hundreds of meters or elevation changes while carrying a hydration pack with 3 liters of water.
So as we start the trek from my front door which is the first photo:
The coconut palms in the photo are ripe with coconuts. The trees with a reddish tinge to its’ new leaves are cacao trees from which chocolate is made. Here’s a closer look at the cacao pods:
Aussie travel chum Margo trekking through the jungle along the water course trail. We’re on the way to the rice fields, about a half hour from here.
Much of the early part of the trek to the falls was through this type of jungle terrain. What you don’t see is that the ground is mostly muddy and wet. By this time, my flip flops were basically useless and we had really just started. Our guide, Bob, was of course walking barefoot. Once my flops got muddy and wet I just took them off and saved them for any really rocky areas. I was thinking I should have brought my waterproof North Face hiking shoes on this trek instead of them sitting nice and dry in my room….arghhhh!
The last photo for this section is of Bob fording on of the smaller streams before we get to the rice fields and the views of the hills going down to the coast. Hope you’re enjoying the blog!! Best, Dave