Best Activities in Indonesia

3. Hiking Mount Bromomount-bromo

Mount Bromo is one of the most famous attractions in East Java, Indonesia. Bromo, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, is a magnificent combination of beauty and danger.

Mount Bromo is located inside Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, beside Mount Semeru, in East Java. Located about 70 kilometres from Surabaya, or about a four-hour drive. Mount Bromo is easy to reach from the East Java capital. Mount Bromo, which stands at 2,329 metres, is the most iconic and the most hiked mountain in Indonesia. It beckons majestically despite having its entire top blown off and a crater that spews out white sulphurous smoke. It sits inside the massive Tengger Caldera, surrounded by Laut Pa- sir (Sea of Sand), an expanse of fine volcanic sand. And after an easy hike, travellers are rewarded by a breathtaking view of the ethereal landscape.

Hike up nearby Mount Penanjakan in time to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo. It takes about one to two hours to hike to the first vantage point. The sun rises at 5.30am, so you will have to set out early, depending on your fitness level. Maps and information are readily available at any of the official locations. You will also want to arrive early to avoid the crowds on the trail and to get a good spot for the sunrise. If you have the time and energy, there is another less-crowded vantage point higher up with unobstructed views of the sunrise. Then trek down Mount Penanjakan and up to Bromo’s summit. It takes about one to two hours, again depending on your fitness level. Alternatively, you can take a horse across the sea of sand to the bottom of the steep stairs that lead to Bromo’s crater, to save some energy.

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