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DAY-TRIPPERS: HIDDEN CANYON

There is nothing like a day trip to the place you’ve never been to. And trust us, even after years and years in Bali – hey, we’ve been here almost for a decade! can you imagine? we cannot! – there is still plenty of treasures to be discovered. Oh Bali, how do you do it?

This time we went to see the Hidden Canyon. Yes, it’s the official name of this nature wonder: the full version sounds like Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang. It became popular only recently, but the word of mouth, striking posts on Instagram and the curiosity-provoking name do their job so this location gets lots of attention from foreign and expat tourists alike. Which might be a bit of a problem as the canyon can get really crowded on some days, so better avoid Sundays and national holidays.

We were lucky: it was only us and another group in the canyon that day. We were trekking for a bit less than 1 km – sometimes climbing the rough rocks, sometimes walking knee- or even waist-deep in chilly water, which is quite a pleasure on a hot humid day. Some parts of the trek were Indiana Jones-like, some made us feel like Tarzan – imagine you have to grab a liana to make a giant hop from one slippery stone to another or to creep gripping on the plumb rock, ready to slide into the stream any moment. Heaps of laughs! Team work! Adrenalin rush!?  Our guide turned out to be a very enthusiastic photographer and snapped every moment of our clumsiness. But you won’t see them (and nobody will! ?  )

Our verdict: The Hidden Canyon is an awesome location to reconnect with nature and have a bit of adventure. It’s not too challenging but it’s not recommended for young kids or those with feet injuries – jumping from one slippery stone to another might become a torture.

NB: Leave all your valuable belongings in the car or use a locker. Go barefoot. Wear the swimmers as you’ll be wet at some point. Bring a sarong of a T-shirt to cover up on the way back in case you don’t feel comfortable to walk through the rice field full of farmers in your bikini. Bring along your mates and have fun!

How to get there: Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang is located in Gianyar regency, about an hour drive from Canggu/Seminyak and only 30 min from Sanur

How much does it cost: entrance fee is Rp.15.000, the official guides work for the donation, so it’s up to you how much to pay your guy.

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