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Cost: Adult Rp400,000 Child (6-12yrs): Rp300,000 Child (1-5yrs) Rp175,000
A cycling trip is one of the best ways to experience and embrace rural Bali. The downhill route is not challenging, as it winds its way along roads fringed by palm trees and verdant rice terraces. If it is a holy day (and it often is) the streets will be lined with bamboo “penjors” cradling ceremonial offerings and leaning over to kiss the ground, while villagers in formal attire, with offerings piled high on the women’s heads, wend their way to the local temple. Stops along the way will provide insight into daily life.
Several good tour companies offer a cycling option. Emerald Cycling Tours is based in Ubud, is owned and run by Balinese and is significantly less expensive than its competitors. While some of the polish may be lacking, the equipment is modern and in good repair, they are insured and the program is good. Tour cost includes breakfast at Penelokan, stops at a coffee plantation, a visit to a traditional weaver, a temple and family compound and a buffet lunch.