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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrMount Bromo, or ‘Gunung Bromo’, is a volcano that remains active to this day. It is named after the Hindu creator God, Brahma. This volcano takes up a part of the internationally-renowned Tengger Massif, which is a huge 10-kilometer crater filled with sand.
Mount Bromo is located to the left of the crater. It is hard to miss since it is a grey cone with smoke steaming out of its mouth. It is not the massif’s highest volcano peak (at only 2,329 meter), but it is the most famous.
Experience the SunriseWaking up as early as 3:30 AM is imperative if you want to personally see this area’s breathtaking sunrise view. This early morning landscape is the one of the most impressive views that East Java, Indonesia can give you.
Getting There by PlaneThere are two airports you can use for your flight to Indonesia:
Surabaya AirportFirst, there is the Surabaya Airport, which is three to four hours away by land. This airport serves domestic flights to and from Jakarta and Bali, and a few international flights, on a regular basis. Upon arrival, you can arrange for private vehicle services to take you to the crater.
Abdul Rachman Saleh AirportYou can also opt to use the second nearest airport, which is the Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport. Located at Malang, this airport is a smaller one that only services domestic flights from Jakarta. Moreover, if you are going to use this airport, the only accessible path would be the Tumpang Ngadas route, which happens to be the less preferred route because of the number of trips you need to take. Using the airport formerly mentioned takes up less of your time.
PrecautionsThere are some times when the Center for Volcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation would prohibit any tours on the crater because of strong volcanic activity. Since other tourists opt to hike up the crater, strong volcanic movement might cause harm to the people.
Nearby and Similar LandmarksApart from the crater itself, you might want to maximize your trip and also visit the other landmarks on this Javanese land such as the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. There are other must-visit places nearby like the following:
Madakaripura WaterfallsThis natural resource has a center that reaches up to 200 meters from the water’s bottom. This is named after Gajah Mada, one of Indonesia’s most favored Prime Ministry. Mada’s cause was to unify the entire nation against the control of Majapahit . Moreover, Indonesian history dictates that this area was home to Mada for quite a long time.
The PotenThis is a Tenggerese Hindu temple that is situated on the vast sandy area that is close to Mount Bromo.
Lakes Ranupani and Ranu ReguloThese two lakes have waters that are very pristine, which are perfect for the scenery Mount Bromo has provided as a background. They are adjacent to the Ranupani village, which is situated at the southern part of the crater.
Mount Bromo, despite its volcanic activity, remains to be one of the most visited Indonesian tourist spots. However, it is best that you hike around this national park during dry season. The rainy season will only liquefy some part of the volcanic mud and cause you to slip.
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Author: bonz_jade. Last updated: Apr 21, 2015