26

May
2014

The Iconic Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

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If at one point in life you ever wondered about how the earth initially looked like long before the humankind’s settlement and could only imagine it in your head, visiting Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park would probably make you think “this is it, this is what it probably looked like at the time.” The miles upon miles of sea of sand, barren landscape which almost looks like it’s of the outer-world, the canyons – everything is exactly how you imagined it. Mount Bromo is truly one of a kind, it is perhaps the only main tourist attraction that always delivers regardless of the weather condition. Tourists who visit when the weather is crisp and clear are treated with a magnificent views of the surrounding, but those who visit when it’s cloudy will not be left disappointed as the surrounding instantly becomes even more surreal – magnifies its majestic atmosphere. Keep reading to find all that you need to know about Mount Bromo and why it’s one place you must visit when you are in East Java.

There is simply no greater adventure

Rising from the Tengger caldera at about 2,392 meters, Mount Bromo, emerged from a massive crater and surrounded by magnificent cliffs of the edge of the craters, stands proudly in the sea of volcanic sand and ashed. Mount Bromo is widely popular for its incredible barren lunarlike-landscape that you cannot find somewhere else – as though to add more into the already breathtaking sights, to the south of Mount Bromo, there stands the highest peak of Java which coincidentally also the most active volcano in the island, Mount Semeru. Towering at 3,676 meters, Mount Semeru’s incredible beauty in the background will most likely make your jaw drop as it dramatically coughs up its ashes all over the scene.

Mount Bromo may be a destination that tops the list of many hikers, but that does not necessarily mean BromoTripis off-limit to those who have never even thought about hiking once in their lives. Hiking Mount Bromo is not at all difficult as the trail is easy and it doesn’t take too much time and energy, but if you’re still too tired from your journey the day before, you can easily rent a scooter, a jeep or even ride a horse – which makes for an iconic photograph once you get there. A little tip, get up early and reach the top to witness the Bromo Sunrise, you’re guaranteed to be awestruck!

How to get to the National Park

Entering Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park will need you to spare entrance fee for IDR 317,500/person on weekend or national holiday; or IDR 217,500/person on weekday. Many independent and budget travellers typically get to Bromo from Probolinggo as it is the most mentioned and published option in media; and the fact that going to Cemorolawang from Probolinggo will provide visitors with closer look of Mount Bromo. Travellers taking this route generally get on a 1,5-2 hours drive to Cemoro Lawang. Tho visitors must be very aware that Probolinggo route always lead all visitors to scammers . However, you may also visit Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park from Malang city, although your best bet is to sign up for a sharing tour group with all inclusive facilities with jeep ride and services; as public transport is irregular and being in a tour group means you already have everything set up. The option to do Bromo from Malang will give visitors additional option to enjoy the city : beach visit or island trekking, paragliding in countryside, visiting tea plantation, and visit the Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan (Colorful Village).

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