When people think of Bali, familiar images immediately come to mind: Emerald green terraced rice paddies, hipster or surfer culture with long flowing hairs, beards and either custom bikes, boards or the graceful parade of women sashaying through the streets with temple offerings balanced delicately on their heads.
The motivation for all of this, the reason the paddies are so fertile, what helped shaped the shoreline that draws the surfers, what gives the island’s their animist beliefs underpinning their Hindu religion is the unpredictable and majestic, molten, volcanic core of the island. The volcanic nature of the island is the reason for almost everything in existence here on the island of Bali and the archipelago beyond, and what better way to enjoy your journey to understanding this than by bike, Infinity Mountain bike.
Meet Sam – a passionate mountain biker, climber and adventurer – Sam arrived in Bali almost ten years ago and quickly realised the island was, to him anyway, a large outdoor theme park and in 2010 he launched his company Infinity Mountain biking together with his Balinese wife Nita.
“Our main goal has always been to provide guests with an amazing experience out on the mountain bikes while discovering the local culture and the stunning nature along the way. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to join and enjoy our rides as we operate tours for all levels ranging from soft adventure temple and rice field rides to hard core rides for the more experienced mountain bikers.
One of our most popular bicycle tours is our soft adventure ‘Cultural Ubud’ package. This comprehensive day tour is designed for people who wish to experience a broad range of the cultural highlights that Ubud and its surroundings has to offer. On the trip, riders will visit four uniquely different temples and a meandering, visually stimulating 25km bicycle ride. The riding challenge level is not difficult, bikes move easily along quiet back roads through local villages, rice paddy fields and the rustic country side terrain.”
The Cultural Ubud Ride gives cyclists the opportunity to see first hand how the way of life on a volcanic island is rich with farmlands, deeply respectful of nature, where culture is literally carved into traditions and beliefs.
The gathering point will be the revered temple of Tirta Empul. For more than a thousand years, Balinese worshipers have been drawn to Tirta Empul Temple where the sacred spring is believed to contain healing powers. The Ubud Cultural Package tour bicycle starts from this temple and it’s a short 5km to the next stop, Gunung Kawi Temple. One of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments, Gunung Kawi consists of ten shrines cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues.
The ride then continues a further 15k to the spiritually significant Goa Garba Temple. To this day, Goa Garba is frequented as a place of meditation. Estimated to have been built in the 12th century, it would have been completed during the reign of King Jaya Pangus. Goa Gajah Temple or Elephant Cave Temple is next and this is where the biking part finishes. Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you can enter the cave through the carved cavernous mouth of a ‘’demon”. Final destination of the day is the Tegenungan Waterfall, which is famed for its lush green surroundings and constant powerful water flow. It is perfect for swimming and a time for enjoying the fresh water after a full and rewarding day out. Now that you know more about life on the volcano and these cultural spots, perhaps it is time to think about challenging yourself to some further adventures! Discover more inspiring stories with Infinity Mountain bikes.
When Sam and Nita from Infinity Mountain biking – now Indonesia’s #1 mountain bike tour operator – met up with Will Meyrick – food guru, street food chef and the driving force behind the famous Sarong group restaurants in Indonesia – they came up with the brilliant idea to combine their passions and experience for Indonesia’s food, culture and amazing landscapes into Infinity Lifestyle Adventures, the company now offers multileveled mountain bike options, gourmet and street food experiences and rustic and luxury lifestyle adventures all over Indonesia.
INFINITY LIFESTYLE ADVENTURES
Address : Indonesia’s #1 Mountain Bike, Food & Lifestyle Experiences
Office landline: +62 (0) 361 8476 478
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Website : www.infinitylifestyleadventures.com
As a chef and lover of beautiful cuisine, Will Meyrick has always been intoxicated by the spices, flavours and textures of South East Asian food. Will enjoys travelling throughout the region, finding and meeting real people in the ‘warungs’, who produce food that really expresses the heart of their cultures. These experiences have been the influence of his 5 highly successful restaurants in Bali: Sarong, Mama San, Hujan LocaleTiger Palm and Som Chai. He recently opened Canggu Cooking Retreat, where he has brought the rural elegance of an urban farm to Bali for an authentic and enriching culinary experience. He will open soon with Tim Bartholomew a new restaurant in Canggu Batu Bolong: Native.
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