Ebony Leaf Monkeys

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
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Trip End Aug 20, 2012


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Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Monday, August 13, 2012

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Take a walk with our local guide through verdant rice fields (tobacco in the dry season) and see how the farmers of this region have farmed for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs.

Climb a little higher through clove and coffee plantations, eventually entering the Taman Wisata National Park. In this dense rainforest you may be lucky enough to see some of the resident, but very shy, black ebony leaf monkeys, known locally as lutung.

Finish the walk with a refreshing dip in a tropical waterfall. Approximate walking time: 3 hours.


Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast.

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After a cold shower - we found they have a few rooms with hot water so we have all complained and persuaded them to swop us. Lets see what happens. Anyway another day and a bright warm day again so looking forward to a great day walking around the village.

A great walk this morning but very warm and very hilly. We started from the guest house and walked amongst the steep rice plantations, the water drainage system being very complex to get water to all levels. Life goes on as normal in this subsistence level living. The walk lasted around three hours and we also tasted or smelt quite a few of the local fruits and spices including muscat, vanilla pods, cloves, tobacco and even saw someone climb a coconut tree and we all drank fresh coconut milk and ate the flesh. Our guide was a great laugh and his catch phrase in Lombok twang was "super bloody lovely yummy !"

Weary we returned to the village for lunch and ate a fantastic local feast which includes gado gado, jackfruit curry, water spinach, tempura, tofu spring roll and rice (see attached picture)

After lunch we had a wander around the village, it appears all the men have gone away to try to earn money, and all the women (who start work at 10) are hand weaving using juniper leaves (blue) and saffron and turmeric (yellow) - up to 8 hours a day (as well as running the house)

After a quick visit to a pottery in which all the pots were made by hand the experience of the lady making a complete pot in less than 20 mins was amazing !

Wow we got back to the hotel and had all been upgraded - cornice, shower curtain, 2 light bulbs and a hot shower - these are the super delux rooms. Pity the hot shower did not have hot water , but at least we had a cornice !

Then all clean Nadia led the rebellion and left our sports hall dining room and went to a restaurant 300 metres away hakiki - an amazing meal with fantastic views - my meal of lemon drink and special fried rice (mixed fried rice with chicken leg, fried egg, fried tofu) too much to finish came to 29 400 rp. (2.05)

A fantastic end to an amazing day and in bed by 8.30
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