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Indonesia: No, It Did Not Burn Down III – Java: Sandy Bedrock of a Crater and Famous Bromo Volcano

Published: 4.1.2016
Trip to Bromo volcano in Bromo Tengger Semer National Park is probable one of the best travel experiences in Indonesia. The trip is highly organized and most touristic. Despite it is very expensive you will long remember it as a wonderful experience.

There are two places where you can organize a trip to Bromo: in the town of Probolinggo or the village of Cemoro Lawang. With our driver we traveled (he drove us here from Jepara) to Cemoro Lawang. When a tourist arrives by private car all swindlers come to him/her and offer him their “best” price. Beware of them! We really enjoyed them.

na kráter sopky Bromo vedou schody, k nimž můžete přijet na koni

Only local tourist car (small colorful jeeps) can drive onto the flat bedrock of vast Tengger crater. If you rode here by car you must hire out a jeep driver (for 500 000 IDR – about 950 CZK). No one will try to get you to a group tour to make it cheaper for you because they would see you have the money. You pay a fee per every individual to the price of a jeep (217 000 IDR – about 410 CZK). In case you don’t want to spend so much money for couple of hours there don’t worry. You can also use ATMs here working 8 to 8. My friends who have been to the area pretty recently told me they paid different fees. Well, prices are not set there. Important is to bargain but the success is not always given.

Semeru smoulders irregularly

Trips are always in the direction towards the rising sun. We set off at 3 am from our village to reach Penanjakan in time. It was freezing cold up there. Dress appropriately (including gloves and a cap)! In case you forget, you can buy some here. Moreover, you can rent a coat here. We waited about an hour to the sunrise and we were really freezing and – we haven’t experienced cold like this in Indonesia. Even though it wasn’t entirely pleasant experience a tea which you can buy at local vendor’s warms you up. The same applies to the view of landscape and low but active volcano Bromo. It smoulders continuously in the middle of a “sand sea”. In the background there high volcano Semeru (to the right of Bromo). And it smoulders regularly as well. Mt Batok and Widodaren complete the view. Their summits are veiled in mist. In the morning it also covers the bedrock of the crater. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen such mist. The view into the crater pushes one to ponder beauty of nature as the time stops there.

 we recognize the landscape as the sun rises the view of Penanjakan from sandy bedrock of the crater

In the next article we tell you how the organized trip in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park continued.

GPS: 8°01'20.1"S 112°57'08.6"E

Text and photo: Martina Brožková



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