Get a glimpse of Balinese lifestyle and tradition. Start with a tour of the Ubud Market, learn to make Balinese offerings, and visit Pura Dalem Agung at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Along the way, stop for lunch at a restaurant and take a 1-hour hike through verdant rice fields.
After a private vehicle picks you up at your hotel, tour the traditional Ubud Market, full of fresh produce from all over the island. Mingle with locals as they buy fruit, vegetables, spices, and sweets and admire the colorful flowers the Balinese use daily as offerings at temples.
Next, learn the art of making Balinese offerings, or canang sari. Generally made 3 times a day to give gratitude to the gods, offerings are an integral part of the culture. Head to Pura Dalem Agung at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and learn the spiritual significance the Hindu temple.
Purchase a traditional sarong, the fabric wrap worn by men and women, and after listening to your guide's advice about the ceremonial steps involved, present your offering. Your guide also explains the architectural details of the holy bathing temple and the cremation temple.
After lunch at a restaurant in a village among terraced rice fields, take an easy 1-hour hike through rice fields and learn about the subak systems of irrigation, common in Bali . Then bathe in a pool of holy water at Pura Tirta Empul, a popular temple dedicated to Vishnu, and listen as your guide explains the importance of the water and cleansing ceremonies in Hindu culture.