The Lunar Landscape of Bromo

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Jun 19, 2013

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Sion Guest House

Flag of Indonesia  , East Java,
Monday, September 17, 2012

We booked a 'tour' to see mount Bromo, ijen plateau and then transport to Bali. This is a lot easier than doing it ourselves and not much more expensive. We were apprehensive about this tour as your in a bus for a loooooooong time and people have said they're in poor condition, no aircon and no room. However after the Nepal buses we were sure we could cope.
We got picked up from our hostel in Yogyakarta at 8am and we're so happy to see a minivan waiting complete with aircon and looking in decent condition. Not only that but we were the second pick up after 1 Japanese guy so we got the best seats complete with foot rest, oh yeah! To be honest the 12 hour journey to Cemoro Lawang (town 4km from the crater) was pretty good and we were promptly checked into our clean basic accommodation. After eating and showering we went to sleep knowing we had an early start. We woke at 3.15am and took a 45 min jeep ride up to the viewpoint overlooking Bromo, the Tengger Massif and Java's largest mountain Gunung Semeru. As we got there already a lot of other tourists had beaten us to it, however they were all gathered looking the wrong way at sunrise rather then the other way at Mount Bromo!? We're pretty sure sunrise happens everywhere so we got perfect position and watched one of the most spectacular sights become unveiled as the sun came up. We will let the photos do the rest, hopefully they do it justice. After an incredible hour we made our way back to the jeep and drove into the misty volcanic ash covered crater bed below the volcano. Here we left the jeep and had to go it alone (well with hordes of other tourists) to the craters edge. It was a fairly tough climb with the soft ash underfoot. We made it to the top 45mins later and was greeted with another awesome sight, the crater was huge and deep below you could make out the turquoise lake steaming away (Bromo is still erupting). After taking in the view we stumbled down ignoring all the offers for pony rides and made our way to the jeep. We got brought back to the hotel for a rubbish breakfast and started our next epic bus journey to the Ijen Plateau.
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