Indonesia is one of the countries that is rich with its natural attractions. While Bali is known as the most famous location for a holiday, there are more locations you can visit. One of the destinations that should not be missed is the Kawah Ijen or Ijen crater. Located in the peak of Bromo mountain at Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru, this is an Ijen Travel Blog you should check out: a guide and experience sharing of the great journey to the magnificent natural phenomenon.
You can follow this Ijen travel blog or make it as references. Firstly, going to the Bromo mountain can be done through travel agencies, using a tour or going by yourself. If you are going by yourself, you can access the road through either Banyuwangi or Bondowoso. You can reach Sempol, the closest town to the volcano, from Bondowoso by bus. The time when a public bus arrives can vary, but most of the time, it goes from 7 am, 9 am, and 10 am.
The ride to the Sempol took around 2.5 hours, and the fee is around 50,000 rupiahs. As you arrived, take a left down the road to the Arabica Guesthouse, or hire Ojek to reach Campir guesthouse closer to the trail entrance. The fess is around 30,000 rupiahs, but make sure to bargain (especially if you are from abroad). There are not many international tourists who know and visit this location. So, consider spending more time in Indonesia and go to this destination.
You can ask your guesthouse to call for Ojek around 1 or 2 am to reach the entrance. Bargain the fees; the cost should be around 40 – 60,000 rupiah. Then, Hike the trail of a 1 km steep climb. Since the hike to the peak is in the night, your Ijen crater hike difficulty will go as stars glimmering on top of your head. After reaching the volcano crater, you can ask workers (pay a few rupiahs) to guide you down through rocky and steep paths leading to the blue flame.
Hike back to the crater lips as you fill your memories of blue flame. Around the dawn, you can witness the great sunrise from the top of the crater. On your way back, since it is bright already, there will be plenty of busses or ojek around. One either can bring you back to Bondowoso or to the next destination (tour companies can organize transport too). But this Ijen travel blog continues by hiring ojek to the guesthouse and departing to Bondowoso at noon by public bus.
Those are the end of this written journey. While you are visiting Indonesia, make sure to spare your time to visit this mountain. Not only the crater, but there are also many places you can visit. If you are going by yourself, please consider bargaining in whatever you do. Also, this journey is not comfortable, so prepare yourself. But at the end of the time, your hardworking trip will be paid with the beauty of the crater, scenery, and unforgettable experiences.