Last week we hired a driver for the day (Rupiah 50 000) and our driver procured a "guide" for us when he dropped us off at the top of the path to the waterfalls. He said the "guide" would show us three waterfalls and take us to a pickup point below the falls but when we asked how much the guide would cost, our driver was evasive and non commital.
A nice walk mostly downhill but when we rounded the first corner we encountered the "pay station" where no prices were displayed but you could buy refreshments. At this point we were informed that our "guide" would cost us Rupiah 200 000 each i.e. a total of Rupiah 800 000 for four adults! We were shocked but as our driver had already left we were in a bad position to negotiate, especially as we didn't have a mobile phone to contact him so we reluctantly had to pay up.
I wish we had checked tripadvisor before we went to Gitgit as this overcharging put more of a damper on the day than the showers of rain we had. The walk itself was easy and mostly on a sealed track but unsuitable for wheelchairs. The local community manage to keep the track and surroundings mostly free of rubbish which is a rare pleasure in Bali. However, we were very surprised that our "guide" made no attempt to collect the few items of rubbish that had been left by some uncaring people.
It really is a lovely walk in beautiful surroundings. If you plan on having a swim at one of the falls a pair of reef shoes would be a good idea as the pebbles are hard going with bare feet!
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