Kintamani, Bali

To escape Balinese island heat there are only a few plausible options to consider: excessive amounts of ice water, laying on your kitchen floor tiles, going into town to one of the few air-conditioned spaces, or traveling to the highlands. For a long lasting experience it’s best to choose the highlands. Kintamani, at 1500 meters above sea level, is the main stop in this region and notably popular for it’s location overlooking the Batur caldera, Mount Batur and Lake Batur. Seeing the volcano and its aftereffects, the creation of Lake Batur and the surrounding stone-covered environment, really gives you a sense of how this place came to be. It also makes you understand how intertwined Bali and Indonesia is to their geography. The last eruption of Mount Batur was in 2000.

This area is naturally misty and cloudy almost always given the moisture and elevation. These conditions yield abundant amounts of oranges and strawberries.

When you go down to the base of the volcano you're transported into a rocky universe where very little grows or lives. This unique landscape is conserved through a local initiative. However, other areas nearby are mined for building materials. Black volcanic rock, is surprisingly heavy.