“Mark my trail.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.

The thicket of Bali.

Head towards Ubud, a tiny village in the center of the island. Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an area to achieve a harmonious relationship between humans and its (spiritual) enviroment. The site is pretty popular, so is the city itself. Keep going though, you’ll soon discover mostly silent and confusing corners. A natural mess, only textured by light and shadow. Kept alive by the sound of nature. Ruled by hundreds of monkeys. Just like the city itself.

 

Leave the people behind, follow the roads northbound and discover the waterfalls of Sekumpul. The hike will make you swear at hundreds of stairs, along dirty roads and crossing rivers. However, it is worth all the effort and sweat. You’ll explore a mostly lonely natural habitat with seven stunning waterfalls, rivers and natural pools. And endless silence.