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Mount Batur

South Batur, Bali
Climb Mount Batur in Bali
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Off the beaten path

Many tourists make a quick, guided daytrip to see this 5,000-foot, still-active volcano near the northwestern village of Kintamani—but it's a much better idea to take your time getting there with a car and driver. This will allow you to stop along the way at the artistic villages of Celuk, Mas, and Batubulan where Bali's famous sliver-workers, wood-carvers, and stone carvers practice their crafts. You'll know it's time to park and get out the camera when you see a sign for "Penelokan"—follow it, and you'll come to a viewing area set at the edge of the crater. From here, you'll look out across the spectacular Lake Batur, green coffee and clove plantations, and the soaring, still-smoldering cone of the volcano. To avoid the mad "Kintamani Tour" lunchtime rush, arrive after 3 pm and you'll have the whole place to yourself.

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