Landscapes from another world
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 112
Temperature : 24 degrees
Weather : Sunny mornings, cloudy afternoons and freezing night times!
We came in search of volcanoes, and boy did we get them! We can safely say, that neither Kevin nor I have been anywhere in our lives with landscapes like this……
Our journey here was long, 3 days to be precise
From the flat planes of rural Java rise up several mountains, some 2,500m in altitude. At the top of these mountains is the large, ancient Tengger caldera, 13 km in diameter, formed many years ago by previous volcanic eruptions. In the middle of this flat, sandy bottomed crater several "new" volcanic cones have emerged over time, one of these being Mount Bromo, belching out steam and sulphur more or less continuously. In the distance Mount Semeru, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, soars into the sky at over 3,500m
It’s hard to describe the surreal, otherworldy beauty of this lunar landscape. We’d read that Mount Bromo and its neighbouring volcanoes look best early in the morning at sunrise…and this is when the mobs of tourists arrive. Since we’d arrived at around mid-day we decided to take a walk that afternoon into the caldera, across the sea of sands, and up to the rim of Mount Bromo. As we headed across the sand we reflected on how lucky we were to be there on our own….not a single other tourist was there. It was incredibly peaceful. Only the noise of the gentle breeze could be heard as the odd dust tornado spiralled its way across the crater floor eventually disappearing. Here we were, just the two of us, and only a single local man on horseback could be seen riding in the distance with a trail of dust blowing behind him.
The following morning we rose at the crazy hour of 3.30am. It struck us that we would not be the only tourists to see Bromo that morning when dozens and dozens of 4 by 4 jeeps arrived in Cemoro Lawang
We squeezed our way through the crowd and lucky managed to find a prime spot on the barrier at the edge of the cliff. As the sky turned from midnight blue to pink and flaming orange, Bromo came into view, emerging from a sea of ghostly white mist which had settled on the crater floor. The silhouette of Semeru contrasted against the ever changing colours of the sky, and the hundreds of tourists crammed forwards, eager to capture precious images, as they “ooh’d” and “aaah’d” at the ethereal landscape which lay before them.
What incredible memories of Mount Bromo we take with us!