Need a vacation? Come with us to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces of Bali. (50 pictures)

Apologies to my readers for going AWOL for the past week – besides making exciting travel plans for new locations in the Philippines and elsewhere next month, I’ve been hosting my first visitors here and guiding them around my adopted home in southeast Asia.

The highlight of the trip was certainly our visit to the Jatiluwih rice fields in central Bali. This was my fist time here and the day was perfect to hike the impressively well-maintained trekking trails that bring the visitor into this magical valley – slightly overcast and just a little cool. By contrast to the better-known Tegallalang terraces north of Ubud, this area has had limited development and maintains an unspoiled rural flavor, with the few amenities blending nicely into the landscape – reminding me of villages I have seen in the French alps.

A UNESCO world heritage site, the rice paddies of Jatiluwih extend for miles across the rolling hills of the island. We took a 3 mile plunge into a different world of endless beautiful green and yellow landscapes, smiling hard working locals, and animals that form an integral part of the agricultural ecosystem.  Join us!


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