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  • Visit a local food market
  • Learn about the biodiversity of the rice fields and their importance to Balinese culture
  • Learn about the ancient irrigation system of subak that’s still used today on Bali
  • See a subak agricultural temple not typically visited by tourists
The Hidden Rice Terraces Trek tour starts and ends in Bali. The Hidden Rice Terraces Trek is a Trekking tour that takes 3 hours.

Think of Bali, and you probably think of rice terraces cascading down the hillsides. Come see these gorgeous fields on a tour that’ll teach you the ins and outs of local agriculture. Discover an ancient irrigation system, wander through fields growing everything from rice to tomatoes, and find out how these fields are their own unique ecosystem and cultural tradition.
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Itinerary
Visitors to Bali have long been drawn to the stunning emerald terraces that were first planted by Hindu priests when they arrived on the island in the 9th century. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the beauty of these fields as they change seasons, from planting to harvest, and they offer up a serene, peaceful sight far removed from the bustling beaches of Bali’s tourist zones.               

Our Bali tour will whisk you away from the tourist track and introduce you to real local life: on the rice terraces of Kerobokan that define the country’s agricultural industry. But before we do, we’ll kick off our adventure with a visit to a large bric-a-brac antiques warehouse, followed by a walk through the local market, where your guide will explain how local businesses operate.

Then, it’s to the fields! Here your guide will explain how the subak irrigation system works — it’s an ancient irrigation system, having first been introduced by Hindu priests when they arrived on Bali over 1,200 years ago, but is still very much in use today. The subak system is about so much more than just watering plants, though. It creates ecosystems for new life, and is bound by the community’s temples, where water priests honour the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the gods.

You’ll learn more about this relationship with a visit to a local subak temple, a gathering place for farmers. We’ll walk from here in to the expansive rice fields of Kerobokan, where we’ll begin our trek of about two to three kilometres (wear comfy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!).

We’ll make our way through the terraces, using the tops of walls as a pathway. We’ll cross over rivers, carefully treading over the farmers’ bamboo bridges from one rice field to the next.

The local farmers here don’t just grow rice, but also tomatoes, beans, bananas, eggplant, chilies, corn, sugar cane, and water snails. The rice fields themselves are home to a number of aquatic species, including frogs, fish, crabs, and snails — it’s the perfect little ecosystem, and you’ll have a better understanding of how it all works together.

After our trek, we’ll be met by our driver, who will take us back to the starting point. From there, you’re free to explore more of the area on your own, or your local guide can give you some tips on where to go for lunch in the area before heading back to your hotel.

Directions to meeting point: From Jl Kerobokan heading north, turn right at the lights known as LIO corner (J l. Petitenget is on your left). You will now be travelling toward Denpasar on Jl. Tekumar. Turn left at the next lights into Jl. Mertasari and follow this road — it runs straight to our office in about 3-4 kilometres.

Need a taxi to get to the meeting point? Our local guides in Bali recommend the Blue Bird taxi app as the easiest way to get around.
what’s included
Transport
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the rice fields
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Mineral water
  • Cold towel
  • Rice field donation.
what’s excluded
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal items
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Bali, Indonesia/ Bali, Indonesia
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Full payment of 39 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Bali Urban Adventures office (Kampoeng Peti Kemas, Jl Raya Kedampang, Kerobokan) Behind Seminyak, our office is located in the only shipping container on the whole road which is a main road between Jl Tekumar and into Denpasar Meeting end point : Bali Urban Adventures office
CancellationCancellation for this Hidden Rice Terraces Trek tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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    For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people.

  • Dress Standard

    Note that you will be trekking for about 2 to 3 kilometres through a rice field and therefore could get wet. Please wear clothing and footwear that you are comfortable walking in, and that you won’t mind if they get muddy or dirty. Also bring your camera and a sense of adventure!

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    If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

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