Kawah Ijen is one of the stunning highlights of a trip through Java and is a regular stop on many tours departing from Yogyakarta and ending up in Bali. The usual way of getting to Kawah Ijen on a tour involves heading to the inland town of Bondowoso and making your way up to the crater’s carpark via the rutted road and returning the same way. Independent travellers usually catch an angkot from ... Read more about Java: Kawah Ijen from Banyuwangi .
Climbing volcanoes. It’s an activity that repeats itself regularly on a journey through the Indonesian archipelago. There’s something majestic about those towering masses of rock and ash that calls us to conquer them as if to show them who’s boss. And usually we return with stories of magnificent views and how it felt like being on the roof of the earth. But not all volcanoes are ... Read more about Kawah Ijen: An Indonesian highlight .
The vertical distances involved are immense and most tourists will struggle with the walk without any weight on their back at all. The men of Kawah Ijen walk three kilometres and 400 vertical metres up to the crater lip from the car park at Pos Paltuding, the location that tourists arrive at to begin their journey. From the crater lip, the workers descend into the crater and end up at an ... Read more about Kawah Ijen .
This atmospheric temple catering to the local Confucian and Buddhist communities was built in 1784 and is spectacularly adorned in red and gold ornaments, lions and dragons, and provides a interesting distraction if you find yourself stopping in Banyuwangi for a night. It's open until late in the night and looks especially good when lit up after ... Read more about Hoo Tong Bio .
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