Start in the morning, from Surabaya airport or from your hotel in the city. A short visit can be done in Surabaya City; the Arab Quarter and the Zoo (tropical birds and the famous dragon of Komodo) before departing to Bromo region. On the way stop at Pasuruan visit the traditional fishing port. Afterward drive to Bromo. Overnight at Bromo Cottage or Similar hotel.
Early wake-up call, at 03h00. Leave the hotel for Cemoro Lawang, about 1 hour drive, to get to the closest point from where starts the discovery of Bromo volcano. The trip continues to cross the sand-sea to get to the feet of mount Bromo. The spectacular view of the range of volcanoes (Bromo, Batok and Semeru) is unveiled along with the rise of the morning sun. Bromo is one of the multitudes of active volcanoes throughout Java. The view of this site is particularly spectacular. The observation may take at leisure. Afterward drive back to the hotel for breakfast and preparation for a departure to Banyuwangi. 6 hour drive is needed to arrive in the city located in the most eastern tip of Java island. End of the afternoon drive to Ijen Resort and Villas, your luxurious accommodation, perched at the edge of the rainforest in the foothills of the volcanoes. Overnight at Ijen resort and Villas.
After an early wake-up call and breakfast, a four-wheel drive vehicle carries you through the rural villages, coffee and clove plantations and then into one of Java’s last rainforests. Humidity, wildlife, giant ferns and big trees cover the slope of the mountain, to arrive at the Park Ranger’s post to begin the 90 minutes hike to the rim of Ijen Crater, along a shady track with spectacular views. The stunning view is unveiled at 2380 meters altitude. The lake eerie color and smoke wafting from bright yellow sulfur deposits create the landscape both desolate, barren and vibrantly alive. Watching miners descending into the crater and finding them re-emerge carrying up to 80 kilos of ore on bamboo baskets along the treacherous path is a breathtaking reality. Afterward walk down the mountain. Return to hotel for shower before leaving for ferry to Bali. Arrive at your hotel in the early evening.
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