Are you planning a trip across Indonesia? You must have heard about Bali, Labuan Bajo, Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Yogyakarta, and Komodo Island. While you're putting those destinations into the itinerary, be sure not to forget Mount Bromo in East Java. Located in East Java, Indonesia, Mount Bromo is one of the most famous and active volcanoes in the world. It is part of the Tengger Massif, a complex of several volcanoes, and is known for its stunning landscapes and unique natural phenomena. Mount Bromo is renowned for its otherworldly and breathtaking landscapes. The sunrise view from nearby viewpoints is particularly famous, with the first light of day illuminating the volcano and surrounding caldera, creating a truly mesmerizing and photogenic scene.


Mount Bromo is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mount Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2,392 meters tall, Mount Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang, visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo. 


Here are 5 reasons why you should include a visit to Mount Bromo as part of your travel around Indonesia:


1. Volcanic Activity: Mount Bromo is an active volcano and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area with a high level of tectonic activity. It has erupted numerous times in recent history, with its last major eruption occurring in 2016. Standing on the rim of the crater and peering down into the steaming abyss is a thrilling and slightly eerie experience. The sensation of being so close to an active volcano is both humbling and awe-inspiring. For those seeking an adventure, hiking to the rim of Mount Bromo's crater is an exhilarating experience. The hike is not overly strenuous, making it accessible to most visitors, and it provides an up-close view of the active crater and its constantly churning smoke.


2. Sea of Sand: The area around Mount Bromo is known as the "Sea of Sand" (Lautan Pasir), a vast expanse of volcanic sand dunes that add to the surreal and otherworldly atmosphere of the landscape. The contrast between the black sand and the towering volcanoes creates a stark and captivating visual.


3. Breathtaking Sunrise: One of the most iconic experiences at Mount Bromo is witnessing the sunrise from viewpoints like Penanjakan and Kingkong Hill. The first light of day illuminates the landscape, revealing the spectacular silhouette of Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru, and other surrounding peaks against the dawn sky. The sight is often described as magical and is a major draw for photographers and nature enthusiasts.


4. Cultural Significance: Mount Bromo is not just a geological wonder; it is also culturally significant. The Tenggerese people who inhabit the region hold the volcano in great reverence, and their unique traditions and ceremonies, such as the Yadnya Kasada ritual, add depth and meaning to the experience of visiting the area. At the base of Mount Bromo, there is a small Hindu temple called Pura Luhur Poten. It is an important site for the Tenggerese people, who hold annual ceremonies there to appease the gods and seek blessings for their crops.


5. Adventure Activities: Beyond exploring Mount Bromo itself, the surrounding Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park offers opportunities for trekking, horseback riding, and off-road jeep tours, allowing visitors to explore the diverse terrain and scenery of the area.


Mount Bromo offers a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure that makes it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and immersive experience in Indonesia. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or an adventure seeker, Mount Bromo has something to offer.

Dada Sabra S.
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Published at 9 October 2023 14:41