The original and authentic eco/educational cycling tour, Bali Eco’s cycling tour is designed to take the visitor away from the major tourist enclaves and treat them to an exciting cultural, educational and culinary journey through the heart of Bali. Here is a chance to learn about traditional Balinese life and culture. The route itself is mostly downhill on secret back roads and village paths specifically chosen for the lack of traffic making it safe and enjoyable for all ages (Bali Eco even has Australian Standard Approved Baby Seats) and fitness levels all the while giving plenty of opportunities to take in and experience rural Balinese life relaxed and unhurried.
Pick Up and Drop Location
Pick Up Time
06:30 – 06:45
07:00 – 07:30
07:15 – 07:30
08:00 – 08:30
Full Day Tour starts 08:30 (7-8 Hours)
After being picked up at your hotel we drive in an air-conditioned car to Penelokan (Kintamani) where we breakfast overlooking the active volcano, Mt. Batur, and its crater lake, enjoying the most stunning views in Bali. A short drive after breakfast and we’re off on our mountain bikes through the heartland of Bali, traveling downhill on non-tourist, secret back roads and minor village roads (with little traffic), experiencing typical Balinese daily life and enjoying the beautiful Balinese countryside to Ubud. We ride through lush forested areas, plantations full of Balinese staples and cash crops (cloves, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tapioca, taro, local vegetables and exotic tropical fruits), through timeless small villages and lush rice paddy panoramas. And throngs of adorable Balinese children will be there calling out ‘hellos’ and wanting ‘high fives’ on the way down. If we chance upon a ceremony (and we often do) you will be invited to witness the events and our guides will offer explanations.
We have numerous stops on the way, including a visit to a Balinese home/compound, (where you get to see first hand how the Balinese live outside the tourist areas), a Balinese plantation (where you learn of the medicinal and culturally important uses of local plants, the process of making coffee and see many of the spices you have used in cooking and tropical fruits growing in their natural environment. We also get to sample many exotic tropical fruits, local herbal teas, and coffees, including Coffee Luwak, the unusually produced and most expensive coffee in the world). We also stop off at a village temple, an enormous Banyan tree and stunning rice paddy panoramas. We go for a short walk in the rice paddies to see villagers planting and harvesting rice (you can join in) and see traditional craftsmen at work en route.
Lunch served in our restaurant, set in the serene surrounds of rice paddies, is a delectable Balinese feast, including the smoked duck/chicken the guide books rave about (Many guests describe our lunch as the best meal they have had in Bali). We also cater for vegetarians and can accommodate children with special meals.
A Balinese family concern with Western family ties, we are the only company that can proudly offer western standards of safety, hygiene and sanitation. And those standards are the norm. Our groups are kept at a size of 8 or 10 (unless requests for a larger group) and we have a senior leading guide and a secondary guide at the rear of the group (unlike other tours). Our car also follows us down the mountain in case anyone is not feeling well. After lunch, you have an optional visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest and temple complex.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be emailed to you along with booking confirmation via Email.
We are enjoy with the trip. The guide is friendly and professional. Very recommended.