Dude, Where's the Volcano??

Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 22, 2011

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Sion View Hotel

Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Monday, July 19, 2010

As part of traveling to Bali, we booked a package trip which included a stop off at Gunung Bromo, apparently best viewed at sunrise. So, a very very early start was in order as we had to be ready to go at 4am. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to the entrance of the national park. As it turned out most people had paid the extra and were going into the park in Jeeps. Us, a couple of Spanish lads, a french couple and a dutch girl, who'd all been on our bus here, seemed to be the exception to the rule. We were left to wander off into the park and make our own way to the volcano. It was absolutely pitch black, the number of stars twinkling away was quite amazing and Sharon saw a shooting star fall straight through the sky, but we had no idea where we going and we had one torch between us. Not to be deterred we marched bravely on. Luckily, but a bit strangely, we were being followed by one man and his horse. He was following very slowly and about 30-40 yards back. He was quite handy, pointing us in the general direction, and at one point showing us a trail left by a horse to follow. So, we figured we were heading in generally the right direction, and up ahead you could make out two possible volcano's. One being Bromo, the other a hill. But which is which? Ah, some locals with horses, they might help. And they would have quite happily showed us the way, but these guys only spoke the language of cold hard cash and we weren't paying for directions. So, we took a shot in the dark and went for the one on the left. Bingo!!! It's Bromo. After climbing up the very steep stairs (about 300) we were there, breathing in the delightful sulphur fumes bellowing out of the volcano. But it was definitely worth the early start. We'd beaten the crowds and as the sun came up to reveal the surroundings it was like being on the surface of the moon. Spectacular.

NB. We didn't actually stay in Sukapura, in fact I've never heard of it. We stayed in a village called Cemero Lawang but google maps couldn't find it. The first time their map service has let me down.... shame on you google... things will never be the same again...
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