Thursday, July 11, 2013

From Sunrise to Sunset: What to Do in Mount Bromo

There are only a few areas on Indonesia’s Java island that remain untouched and unspoiled. Mount Bromo, located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, is definitely one of those places.
Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, is said to be one of the most beautiful natural sights of the world. Easily accessible to potential visitors, thousands of tourists from all over the world come together to enjoy the striking landscape and wondrous sights at the active volcano every day.
Are you planning to visit Bromo, soon? If so, here are five must-do activities while you’re there:
Watch the sunrise
This is the main reason people come to Bromo. As the night begins to fade and the sun’s light slowly unveils the sights of striking mountains and volcanic peaks, the magical beauty and splendor of the view is truly unforgettable.
There are two best places to see the striking vista: Penanjakan 1 viewpoint and the less touristy Penanjakan 2 viewpoint. You can rent a jeep to take you to these points or, if you’re feeling adventurous, leave just after midnight and hike along the volcano by foot to slowly see the night turn into light.
Climb the Bromo Crater
After walking or horse-riding through the plain, one must visit the crater of Bromo. To reach the top of the crater you have to climb a steep ascension of  245 stairs. It’s a bit of a hassle as you have to walk them alongside hundreds of others, in addition to the fact that one can barely see the stairs as they are covered almost completely by volcanic ash.
The challenge is worth it, however, as the experience and the views are truly worth the climb. The descent is much easier as from the top of the crater, you can head down to the plain quickly by going down the sandy slope.
Drive on the Sea of Sand
Those who love to add some road warrior-like adventure to their trip should surely try this challenge. Hire a jeep and politely ask your chauffeur to let you drive the car. With the four-wheeler in your control, you can drive through the thick and tricky sea of sand and feel invincible as you look upon the dunes with their moon-like appearance.
Read more and images: Jakarta Globe

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