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About Gunung Bromo
Price: 20 €
Traveling time: 9 hoursBromo Tengger national park is not so far from Yogyakarta. but every thing takes time in Indonesia. We chose to take a "tour" which is, I think the best way to waste the least possible time.
Tips & Tricks
- Don't listen to your guides if he says it is a slow 2 hour walk to the top...
- Spare money by going there on a motorbike. Much more fun.
Things to see
The view from the Pananjakan is what you see on this picture. It is impressive indeed, but not as much as the number of people waiting to take the same exact picture I took. At least 300 hundred people go there for the sunrise everyday.
Why is it a thing to do ? Well, it is one of the best memories I keep from Indonesia. When this guy (see picture) showed us the way and told us we had been walking 6km in the wrong way I was on the verge of a mental breakdown, but in the end it was an incredible adventure. I think you should try it, but be carefull, compas are not reliable because of the magnetisme in the ground. I learned it the hard way..
Once you are on top, you don't want to run back down. The best way (if you didn't take the jeep) is to get a motorcycle to take you to the Gunung Bromo and then back to the hostel you (barely) slept in. It is really fun, dangerous and exhilarating. The view is also much better than in a Jeep.
The stairs of hell await you... No kidding. To get to the top of the very small Bromo Volcano you have to climb up 300 stairs. It is a bit smokey, the view isn't that impressive, but if you want to see the guts of a volcano here is the place !
Jalan Raya Bromo
Shitty hostel, people aren't nice, and the food is bad. But you don't have the choice if you are in a tour.