Mount Bromo and Ijen crater are two of the most prominent volcanoes in Indonesia. Although in this country there are some more, since it is located in one of the areas of the Earth with the most seismic and volcanic activity: the Pacific Ring of Fire. We give you all the information you need to visit them and not lose detail of their unique beauty.
Characteristics and information of Mount BromoMount Bromo - Lenka Sediva / Flickr.com
It is one of the best known and most active volcanoes in Indonesia. In the last 250 years he has experienced more than 50 eruptions. It rises about 2329 meters and is part of the Tengger massif and, therefore, of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which covers an area of 500 km².
Mount Bromo stands in the middle of a plain called "Sea of Sand", hence it may seem that we are on an uninhabited planet.
In addition to walking through that plain, if we want to get unbeatable views of this natural wonder, we must do it at dawn. With the sunrise, the image of Mount Bromo is a true fantasy.
But before enjoying everything we have said, it is important to keep in mind a whole series of tips. Must bring warm clothing and check the website of the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Disaster Risk Assessment if Mount Bromo is accessible on the dates we are going to travel.
On the other hand, In the park you can meet another volcano: the Semeru. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java, with its 3676 meters above sea level and, like Mount Bromo, it is one of the most active volcanoes: since 1818 it has erupted 55 times.
Everything about the Ijen craterIjén crater - junaidrao / Flickr.com
He also remains active and is known as Kawah Ijen. It measures 2386 meters high and is part of the Ijen volcanic complex. It is located inside a large boiler 20 kilometers in diameter.
Its great peculiarity is the huge sulfur cluster that houses. This, which remains in combustion, gives off spectacular blue flames only visible at night.
As a curiosity, the Ijen crater It is one of the few places in the world where there is a mining activity entirely free of mechanization. And it is that the miners work carrying sulfur blocks larger than them. Therefore, and unfortunately, their working conditions are not the most appropriate.
How to get to Mount Bromo and Ijen craterCrater of Mount Bromo
The most common way to get to Mount Bromo is through the town of Cemoro Lawang because of its proximity. From it you have to walk for about 45 minutes to reach the volcano. You can also rent a vehicle with driver, which will stop at the viewpoint of Mount Penanjakan.
If we prefer to hire a tour, there are excursions of about twelve hours. In them you can see the sunrise over Mount Bromo, its crater and the "Sea of Sand" are explored and the Savannah hills are crossed in a 4 × 4. Its cost is around 40 euros and includes round trip transportation from the city of Malang.
Regarding the Ijen crater, and if we are in Bali, we must head to Ubung. There you have to take a bus to go to Gilimanuk, where you take the ferry to Java The one-hour journey costs Rs 6,000 (40 cents). On the trip you can enjoy the deepest and most authentic Indonesia.
We have already seen how to get to one place and another, but the ideal is to know both. For it, there is tour which carries out the route of the volcanoes of Java. A highly recommended excursion that will take us through some of the spectacular places of the Asian country.
The tour lasts two days and has a price of approximately 120 euros. Here we can visit Mount Bromo first, then Ijen crater, and after that, the tour will continue through Malang, Surabaya and Ketapang to return to the pier from which you will return to Bali.