Sunday, May 10, 2009

Agrotourism, Ubud-style

Nestled among rice fields along the sacred Ayung River, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan gives guests a glimpse into the values that run through this agricultural society.

The day begins with a morning trek through the Ayung river valley. With the help of an experienced guide, guests will traverse picturesque terraced rice fields and jungle paths leading to the banks of the fast flowing river. Along the way, they’ll witness the bucolic activities of the local farmers and learn about the complex irrigation system used in the paddy fields, called a Subak. After working up an appetite on the trek, breakfast will be served in a private bale, surrounded by the vivid green rice plantings and the mirror-like watery surfaces of the terraces. After breakfast and a demonstration, guests yearning for a taste of the traditional lifestyle of the Balinese will have the opportunity to plant rice seeds. The lives of rural Balinese are dependent on this staple crop, and the farmers who tend it are viewed as artists who sculpt the rice terraces. In Bali, the ability to care for the fields is viewed as a gift.

Full article by Putu Indrawati
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