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Monday, January 6, 2014

Things to Do in Ubud, Bali: Campuhan Ridge Trek

Indonesia Day 7

One of the things listed in my Bali itinerary was to treat myself with an ultimate rejuvenation package and spend half a day in a spa. Ubud has a lot of spas ranging from budget to a very luxurious one. I was not able to book an appointment with Bali Botanica way in advance so as expected, they were fully booked. Yes, they are quite popular. There are a lot of other spas along the Monkey Forest Road but I didn't feel like looking for one anymore. I just decided to go on a hike that morning.

this way to the trail

From Jalan Raya Ubud, I just walked towards the direction of Ubud Palace all the way to Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas. From there, there is a pathway to the left going down.

Just keep on going until you see a short staircase to the right. Keep at it and you will see a sign pointing you to the right direction where the trail starts.

confirming you're on the right path

After passing by the river and a few houses, you are in for a visual treat.

It is green everywhere you look. Oh nature! It feels good to be seeing all these for a change. If you'd been walking around Ubud for quite sometime, you'll probably be so used to bumping to a lot of other travelers who seemed to be walking around the streets all day. I'm not kidding.

the trekker

Hiking is much easier because the trail has been paved. Though for me, it lessens the thrill of the experience.

the ridge

I just kept walking and walking. Just stopping when I want to take some photos. I came across early hikers (other travelers) already on their way back. Most of them couples and solo travelers like me. Yes, there are a lot of single travelers in Bali hehe. A few exchanges of smiles and his and hellos. There were also young local couples who seemed to be having a date under some trees. ;)

There will be times when you'll pass by some unpaved path which seemed like going nowhere (like the one below). But don't worry, there's just one way there. It is very safe. I am a female, walking all alone there. There was no feeling of threat or danger at all.

After about 45 minutes, I reached Karsa Cafe. It is an open-air cafe situated just above the rice paddies. It is the perfect stop after hiking under the sun. Since it was already lunch time when I arrived there, I ordered Nasi Campur along with my refreshing Watermelon Smoothie. By the way, Karsa only serves vegetarian food. Everything they serve is fresh and healthy. So instead of meat, my campur has tofu. The food was a little bland but with a beautiful view, I did not complain anymore.

my Nasi Campur

The view from this cafe is just ahh-mazing. My eyes won't get tired looking at this. It was splendid. And the cold breeze. Wow, I could stay in this place just reading a book all day.

No matter how much I wanted to stay at the cafe, I still have some walking to do. I went ahead with my hike and passed by some lovely homes and art galleries. There are so many artists in Ubud. You'll always find small and big galleries everywhere. That is another reason why walking around Ubud is so delightful. Well, at least to an art lover like me.

A few meters more, I noticed that the scenery is just getting similar to the first ones so I just started to walk back.

The trek can be done in a relaxed pace for 2 hours. I stayed for a while in Karsa Cafe so I think I lasted longer than that. I mean, why rush if you have a lot of free time?

a forlorn tree at the ridge

It was such a lovely walk. Spend some time to do this when you're in Ubud, especially if you like nature walks. There are so many things you can do in Bali aside from the usual temple visits. This is one of them. I am definitely recommending this activity. I won't mind doing this again should I ever come back to Bali.

"Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow."  ~Henry David Thoreau

This is Part 3 of my Bali travel series.


  1. Hi, I plan to go for Campuhan Ridge Walk when I go there in end of May.
    Is it safe for a single female to hike alone at Ubud?


    1. Hello there, Abbey. It's absolutely safe, yes. I never felt anything weird or dangerous all the way through. If you're lucky enough, you may even meet or walk with fellow travelers there. Have a blast in Ubud! =)