It's Always Raining in Lombok...

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The town of Sengigi (on the island of Lombok) is nothing to write home about, but there is much to explore in the surrounding mountainous jungle. We hired a driver for the day and decided to have him take us to two waterfalls on the south side of Rinjani mountain, a traditional sarong weaving village, and a Hindu temple perched on a hill. As we were driving to the waterfalls, it began pouring rain, and it did not let up by the time we got there. So we all piled out of the car in the pouring rain and began hiking. The first waterfall was only a 5-10 minute walk and we stopped there for some photos. The next waterfall was not so easy to get to. We trudged through the jungle for about an hour in the wet, steep, dense, muddy jungle. We were all wearing flip flops and my feet were slipping so much that I decided to do the hike barefoot. We arrived at the waterfall completely soaked, but it was quite beautiful. Our guide got under a particularly strong part of the waterfall and completely disappeared! Apparently, there was a hole about eight feet deep right under the waterfall and the pressure completely submerged him in the hole. He prodded us to try it ourselves, but we declined with various excuses like being cold or not wanting to drown. Because the terrain got more muddy and slippery with the falling rain, our guide took us back on a different route, and it was flatter and easier to get out than it was going in. After our treacherous adventure in the jungle, we were all starving, and our driver took us to a little place far from the tourist beat. It was the cheapest and most delicious food I have had yet in Indonesia. After lunch, we visited the sarong weaving village, and the structures of the homes and the way of life in the village interested me far more than the actual sarong weaving. The village consisted of traditional bamboo houses and the older women's teeth were stained red from years of chewing the betel nut. After the village, we visited a Hindu temple that is no longer in use. It was perched on a hill, and after a short but steep hike we arrived at the top. The view from the top was stunning and the temple was filled with monkeys. We took lots of pictures and were careful to avoid the male monkeys. A couple of times they started running towards us and we freaked out and decided to arm ourselves with sticks. After the temple, we were exhausted and headed back to Sengigi. There is a volcano on Lombok called Rinjani, and you can do a 2-4 day hike to the top, which affords stunningly beautiful views. I looked into doing this, but they wanted an insane amount of money and I decided it was not something I could splurge on. Maybe next time…
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