The Volcano’s Treasure
Unlike Bromo, the Ijen Plateau is less visited but seriously remarkable, with three giant volcanoes dominating the skyline. Up in the isolated highlands of eastern Java, it’s somewhere blanketed in both mystery and drifting clouds. The crater lake has a pale, almost milky colour and looks like it belongs in another world.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- Meals at the hotel
- Transport by private car with driver
- Guided trek up Mount Ijen
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Arrival in the Ijen Plateau
Today, you’ll drive through small villages until the road begins to curl over hills and valleys, through rice and coffee plantations. Soon you’ll reach your comfortable hotel with a swimming pool, and beautiful views. Spend the afternoon enjoying the peace and preparing for your early start tomorrow. The hotel has a cosy restaurant serving traditional Indonesian cuisine, which is included in the price, so it’s well worth eating in tonight.
Trekking to the Crater & Departure
You’ll be up well before the crack of dawn to see Ijen in the morning light. As the sun slowly rises you’ll drive by jeep to the entrance of Ijen National Park where your 90 minute trek will begin. As you walk along narrow dirt paths, you’ll come across local men carrying bamboo baskets across their shoulders. Some of them are on their way to the mine; others carry huge boulders of sulphur down the volcano.
After your descent you’ll be met by your driver will return to your hotel for the evening. Here you can rest your weary legs, fill up on some more lovely Javan cuisine, and relax with those mountain views before continuing your journey the next morning.
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