This 3 days and 2 nights tour will bring you to two of the most emblematic and breathe taking scenery in Eastern Java : The mount Bromo and the Kawah Ijen with an option to Madakaripura Waterfall. From the Sea of Sand of the Tender Caldera to the turquoise water and blue Fire of the Ijen Volcanic complex, Ijen Volcano Tours will ensure you to live this experience in total security, with nothing to worry about except taking the best pictures ever and will give you a human insight of the life around those atypical mountains.
Starting from Surabaya Airport, Train station or from your hotel in the Surabaya area in the morning or beginning of the afternoon, our english speaking driver will pick you up with an AC vehicle to bring you to the mount Bromo area (+-4 hours).
Depending on your time of arrival and your wishes you have the option to check one of the most sensational waterfall on java, the Madakaripura Waterfall (3 hours away from Surabaya on the way to Bromo). Please let us know if you are interested! (+200.000/car + 100.000/P(entrance fee))
Arriving in your hotel in Cemoro Lawang, a village overlooking the Bromo-Tenger caldera, you will have some time to rest and enjoy the view.
Wake up at 3:00 am for a departure at 3:30. A 4WD vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to bring you to Penanjakan View point (2775m) located just north of the caldera on the highest point of the rim of the Bromo-Tengger national park. As this place is quite crowded, leaving early will ensure you to reach the viewpoint before dawn and have a good position to watch the sunrise of a lifetime over a sea of sand and many volcanoes. If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase “desolate beauty”, then this is surely it.
From there if the weather is clear, you can see up to the majestic stratovolcano Semeru that sits just behind the Bromo. this mountain is also iconic, puffing ashes and smoke through small eruptions every 30mins. Ancient Javanese Hindu texts tell of how Bromo-Penanjakan-Semeru was the spiritual axis of the universe and the point of all creation. The view from Penanjakan will explain why it is truly breathtaking. After this, back in 4WD, thought the sea of sand we will continue our journey to the Broom crater. From the parking area you have to options to reach the crater, by foot (free) or horse riding (not included) passing right next to “The Poten”.The Poten is the Tenggerese Hindu temple that sits looking eerily beautiful in the sea of sand close to Mount Bromo. There is something quite magical about this place and the frugality of its decoration and austere design seems very appropriate for the location. It takes around 30 mins to reach the crater rim. Bromo is still a very active volcano and sometimes the access is restricted to some areas for security concerns. We will keep you informed about the status at the time of reservation.
At 8:00, back in the car for breakfast at your hotel and then starting our journey to the most eastern part of java where sits the Kawah Ijen. The drive to Banyuwangi takes about 5 to 6 hours. We will stop on the way in a local restaurant for Lunch.
Arrival in your hotel in Banyuwangi in the afternoon, rest and free time before the hike to Kawah Ijen during the night.
From Paltuding Area, at around 1:30pm, you will start hiking to Ijen Crater. It takes about 1:30 -1:45 minutes for the 3km hike following gentle slope and slightly uphill to reach the summit. The path is pretty well maintained in good condition and other views of rounding volcanoes and luxurious vegetation will accompany your journey. From the crater rim, providing you gas mask, we will bring you down to see the blue fire right on the edge of the acidic lake (temperature of the lake : +- 40°c; Ph: 0,5 ; max depth:+-200m).
The lake is also the source for the river Banyupahit, resulting in highly acidic and metal-enriched river water which has a significant detrimental effect on the downstream river ecosystem. Hike to go down (+- 45mins, rocky) .
The blue fire flammes occurring at the sulfur mine of the Kawah Ijen volcano are ignited sulphuric gases emerging from cracks through fumaroles at the south west border of the acid lake. Their temperature can reach up to 600°c. Those gases are directly originated from the magmatic chamber under the volcano and the hydrothermal system. The flames can be up to 5 meters high. The gases are channelled throught a network of pipes, capturing and facilitating the cooling process. The miners working in the crater are spraying water from the lake on those pipes so part of the gases reaching a lower temperature can then condensate. The almost pure sulfur liquid, deep red in color and sometimes still ignited turns bright yellow when solidifying at ambiant temperature. The miners break the cooled material into large pieces and carry it away in bamboo baskets. They can carry loads ranging from 75 kilograms to 90 kilograms, up to the crater rim, 200 meters above the lake level on a rocky and steep path with a gradient of 45 up to 60 degrees. Most miners make this journey twice a day. This is one of the purest natural sulfur mine in the word but also on of the hardest job inspiring respect and admiration.
After enjoying the spectacular Blue Fire, we go back to crater rim to enjoy the sunrise over Bali and over the entire volcanic area. The hike to go down takes about 45 – 1h. The driver will pick you up in Paltuding to go back to your hotel to have breakfast. After breakfast we continue our journey to ketapang ferry terminal to cross to Bali (ferry +-1h). Once in Bali, it takes about 4 hours to reach Denpasar, Ubud, Kuta or Sanur. (Keep in mind that Bali is H+1 compared to java time). ARRIVAL at your final destination at 3-4 pm END OF PROGRAM