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Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang

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Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang may be hidden, but it’s definitely no secret. This rugged and deep rocky gorge along a section of the Oos River between Ubud and Sanur makes for an adventurous two to three hour trek.

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On our first attempt the Hidden Canyon remained hidden—flood waters had closed the trek, so to avoid an unnecessary trip, call ahead. If you have trouble getting any response, the local guide association often updates the river’s status on their Facebook page. Even if the weather looks promising, the river may have other ideas.

Grab a perch. Photo taken in or around Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Grab a perch. Photo: Sally Arnold

Admission is 15,000 rupiah, and a group of about 30 local guides work on a rotation basis for tips. It was suggested to us that 50,000 rupiah for a trek to the first section only or for the full round trip, 100,000 to 150,000 rupiah depending on how many in your group, would be appropriate. Guides are required for first timers, and on request if you’ve visited before. Some guides have limited English, but all are able to communicate what’s necessary to keep you safe. We’d recommend a guide regardless, unless you’re a very confident river-trekker, as it’s pretty hairy in parts.

You are going to get wet, so dress appropriately. The area is considered sacred by the locals, shorts and T-shirt (or boardies and a rashie) and more acceptable than swimmers. Local guides suggest going barefoot but unless you have soles of leather, we’d recommend trekking sandals or water shoes or even trainers, as it’s very slippery and rocky and we saw broken glass in some areas. Take plenty of water and a drybag for electronics, you can leave unnecessary bags at the ticket counter. We found trekking ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
14.5 kilometres south of Ubud, 15 kilometres north of Sanur
T: (0821) 4675 0908
Admission: 15,000 rupiah

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