Gunung Batur Area
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This Gunung Batur area is like a giant bowl, with the bottom half covered by water and a set of volcanic cones jutting out of the middle. Sound a bit spectacular? It is. On clear days – vital to appreciating the spectacle – the turquoise waters wrap around the newer volcanoes, which have obvious old lava flows oozing down their sides.
In 2012 Unesco honoured the area by proclaiming the region a part of the Global Geoparks Network, of which there are over 90 worldwide. So far this has meant little on the ground, although some interesting signs detailing the unique geology of the area have started to appear on the road between Kedisan and Toya Bungkah.
The road around the southwestern rim of the Gunung Batur crater is one of Bali’s most important north–south routes and has one of Bali’s most stunning vistas.
Day trippers should bring some sort of wrap in case the mist closes in and the temperature drops to 16°C.
The villages around the Gunung Batur crater rim have grown together in a continuous untidy strip. The main village is Kintamani, though the whole area is often referred to by that name. Coming from the south, the first village is Penelokan, where tour groups first stop to gasp at the view.