Trekking is another great way to touch base with a more authentic side of Bali. It is best to leave earlier in the day, before it gets too hot and when most of the locals are out and about their business. Campuhan ridge is one of the most scenic walks and you can choose between the easier linear route in which you retrace your outward journey, and the circuitous route which is a little more challenging but brings its own rewards.
The walk starts from the main street of Ubud, just down from Jalan Bisma and near the entrance to Warwick Ibah Resort. Turn in here and veer to the left, down a path leading to the Campuhan River gorge and the ancient Gunung Lebah Temple. With the temple on your left and the river on your right, follow the sign pointing the way to “Karsa Café”, around 2 km away. The path takes you uphill, then along the ridge, which is flanked by fields of lush green grass and dense tropical foliage interspersed with steeply rooved, multi-storeyed mansions spilling down the side of the gorge. As you near the village of Bangkinang Sidem, you will encounter art galleries, painting outlets and cafes. Stop for refreshment before returning the way you came, or on the outskirts of the village, turn left heading down to Sungai Cerik, before climbing up again to Payogan. Turn left and walk south along Jalan Raya Sanggingan until you come to Mozaic restaurant where you veer right, off the road and onto a trail which runs through the rice fields. Eventually you will come to some steep concrete steps which lead down to Campuhan. Turn left here to get back to the centre of Ubud.