Jaw-dropping views from the pool at Hanging Gardens. Photo courtesy of Marianna Jamadi.
El Camino co-founder and photographer Marianna Jamadi is one of our favorite travelers to follow on Instagram. Her feed is a continuous stream of the beautiful people and striking places she encounters on her many far-flung adventures. Here's a closer look at the photos she snapped while doing a #GentedimontagnaTakeover from Ubud, the cultural center of Bali.
UBUD, Bali – After spending time with family in Java, I island-hopped from Lombok to Gili Trawangan to Bali. I spent the majority of my time in Ubud taking in local culture and sites like Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot. While I visited Bali several times as a child, absorbing it as an adult was an entirely different, enriching experience. From the delicious food to the incredible culture and friendly people, Bali is truly a magical place.
Away She Goes
The photo above shows the amazing view from the pool at Hanging Gardens in Ubud, Bali. If it’s not in your budget, stop by for a drink at the bar. You can make reservations to ensure a spot!
A cycling tour is a great way to take in Ubud’s local sites.
Our cycling tour to Mt. Batur started at a coffee and spice plantation where the tasting was almost as fun as the ride.
Such Great Heights
A light breakfast and glorious views of Mt. Batur.
Dirty Duck Diner (also known as Bebek Bengil Restaurant) is a favorite among Ubud visitors for smoked duck and tables overlooking rice fields.
Gifts for the Gods
Hindu offerings are scattered throughout Ubud, filling the city with bright colors.
BBQ in Bali
Naught Nuri's is the spot for ribs. Order a side of mashed potatoes and a dirty martini to compliment your barbecue.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
The sweetest moment at Ubud’s Monkey Forest. (If you have bananas, they will jump.)
Home Sweet Home
Lush jungle trees. No wonder the monkeys call this home.
Right at Home
Indonesians have the best smiles.
The Onion Collective’s 'love shack' is a great little Airbnb spot that isn't just for couples.
Photogenic Coffee Beans
I really love coffee. And there is a lot of it being roasted locally in Bali.
Home Away from Home
Who wouldn't love a private balcony that looks like this? My headquarters at Ubud’s Onion Collective.
The Perfect Scent
Shop the streets of Ubud and let your nose lead the way.
Land in the Sea
Head south to check out the famed temple Tanah Lot.
A local pup at The Onion Collective.
These are some beauties. Shops galore on the streets of Ubud.
An icy dessert drink hits the spot when it's hot.
Whether it’s daily or ceremonial, Bali is always laced in tradition.
Impossible to Resist
Soap from a local market always makes a great gift.
The Balinese know how to roast coffee beans for the perfect cup of "Kopi Bali.”
A holy spring water bath in Tirtha Empul where I learned about Hindu offering traditions.