Saturday, 26 November 2011

Bali: Gunung Batur

Another trip from Ubud is to the volcano Gunung Batur. There are loads of organised tours leaving at hellish hours in the morning but we decided to rent mopeds and drive up to the volcano and spend the night. As we were nearing the volcano we were flagged down by a guy with no teeth at the side of the road who warned us that there were police up ahead who would stop us - we throught 'aye right' and continued towards the volcano. As it happened there were police up ahead and we were stopped, they asked to see our international drivers licences (which we did not have) and proceeded to try to scare is with their talk of fines and courtrooms. We eventually managed to palm them off with Rp100,000 between us, which is about £7. It put us all in a bit of a bad mood as we continued towards the volcano expecting to be hustled at every turn.

The Lonely Planet does a fine job of making the climb to the top sound pretty horrendous with talk of guides hassling you and being ripped off but we managed to amble up the volcano without any problems whatsoever (thanks to Dan and Tim's reccy of the right paths to take) and were rewarded with this utterly gorgeous view.

Sasha and I beside the crater

Spot the boys?

Great steaming clouds of vapour erupting from the core

The volcano in the distance


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