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How to visit Gunung Bromo

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There is no denying that Gunung Bromo and the caldera it sits with in is one of the singularly most spectacular sights in all of Java, if not Indonesia.





It is a purely otherworldly experience—sitting in darkness on the caldera ridge, listening to the jeeps roar across the Sea of Sand below, waiting for the sun to break first light. Then as the light show begins and the mists clear (fingers crossed for good weather) you’re greeted with a smorgasbord of colour and divinity as squat bubbling Bromo and Batok fills the foreground, while Gunung Semeru, Java’s tallest peak and in all ways, the archetypal jurassic volcano of your dreams stands to attention behind, smouldering.

Cemoro Lawang: Perched on the caldera rim, will be home for the night. Photo taken in or around How to visit Gunung Bromo, Gunung Bromo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Cemoro Lawang: Perched on the caldera rim, will be home for the night. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Look into the caldera, the dark sands appear to be smooth as silk from the altitude of the rim (believe us, they’re not!), carved up by ant-trails laid out by the 4WDs ferrying people back and forward from the crater rim village of Cemoro Lawang. Look for the temple sitting at the base of Bromo—an ancient island of Hinduism within a decidedly Muslim realm. Depending on the time of the year, the caldera’s escarpments will be hues of red, brown and black ancestral earth, or, if you’re there towards the end of Java’s punishing wet season, expect deep greens and a wealth of rich olive hues, tapering out to the grasslands which cover some of the sands closest to the rise.

It is a mind-blowingly esoteric experience, which, should you be able to find quiet quarters from which to experience it, can be fabulously satisfying and memorable.

Damn.  Photo taken in or around How to visit Gunung Bromo, Gunung Bromo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Damn. Photo: Sally Arnold

Phew. It really is that good.

But, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here, and like all good things in life, to get the most out of a visit to Bromo requires some degree of planning, time and money. So here is the nitty gritty of what is ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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