Bali to limit mountain tourism, including Mt. Batur hike, to protect sacred areas

In an try to guard the sanctity of Bali’s mountains, Governor Wayan Koster mentioned that his administration is drafting a algorithm that will restrict mountain tourism actions akin to mountaineering.

Talking at a plenary session to members of the Bali Regional Council yesterday, Koster reiterated that the island’s ancestors deemed the mountains as sacred websites. As such, Bali’s mountains are wanted by locals for spiritual actions and people searching for solitude with meditation. 

Nonetheless, Koster mentioned the touristification of the mountains has tarnished their sanctity.

“[The planned regulations] are in order that actions within the mountains could be managed and that individuals gained’t simply come and go as they please. [These days people are] going as much as the highest of the mountains on motorbikes. That’s an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.

Koster additionally highlighted a number of mountaineering accidents on Mt. Batur, which, he mentioned, was an indication from nature that the sanctity of the location is in jeopardy.

Whether or not you’re a believer or not, the actual fact stays that vacationers have engaged in extraordinarily offensive habits at sacred websites in Bali. For instance, in April 2021, a Russian girl angered locals after a video of her performing oral intercourse throughout a hike on Mt. Batur appeared on Pornhub.

In April 2022, a Canadian man was deported after a video of him performing the haka dance bare on Mt. Batur went viral. 

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