Our driver, Dewa, told us that the Mother Temple of Besakih was not to be missed. He had a few pit stops planned along the way—one being a coffee plantation, Satria Agrowisata.
We don’t drink coffee or tea, but we didn’t want to be rude. After all, it still sounded like an interesting thing to learn about—so off we went!
We parked at the entry and then walked down simple trails that lead us past coffee plants and other various fruit trees.
Our driver/friend was kind enough to point out various plants to us, including this spikey one that I have now forgotten!
A few displays were on the path, and the kids were able to touch the cinnamon bark and other various fruits of the crops.
Next we finally made it to a display showing the various stages of coffee beans being prepared for consumption.
Fire roasted coffee beans…it’s a hot job in Bali!
At the end of the trail they sat us down at a bamboo table with a beautiful view, and we realized they were going to prepare us some free samples of teas and coffees to drink. That’s when we had to apologize and turn down that part of our tour. They seemed quite surprised—but not offended. They then escorted us to their little store, where we happily purchased some amaaaaazing (expensive) chocolate that we very careful split up and savored for a week to come!
We set off on the road again, but not before catching glimpses at a few interesting things along the road, including this uniquely designed Guesthouse…
We drove further up the mountain to see if we could catch a view of Mount and Lake Batur. Our first try was a miserable failure—it became incredibly fogged in and we couldn’t see a thing! However, we kept driving up the hill, and suddenly the clouds moved out and we had this beautiful view of the lake and active volcanic peak!
Next up…one of the most spectacular temples in all of Bali!! Don’t miss it!!