East Java has many hidden treasures for those who want to go off the beaten path. At many places you will get unforgettable impressions of Javanese villages. For centuries life has passed along the same rhythm. Mighty volcanoes watch over idyllic rice fields. For centuries, life hasn’t changed that much. Some of those mountains are easy to climb. The fantastic views from their peaks are simply magnificent. Numerous plantations, remains of the colonial period, are are deeply tucked away in the rainforest. A small strait of nearly one and a half kilometer separates Bali from Java - but between the two islands there is a world of difference.