Bromo Ijen tour from Yogyakarta
Ijen; the World Class Tourist Destination Icon in East Java, Indonesia
People say that Indonesia is a precious jewellery of Southeast Asia. Indonesia has unending beauty in its natural landscape. Even, some believe that Atlantis city is below one of Indonesia’s ocean. With the hardship and issues that Indonesia faces, tourism never fails to contribute a lot to Indonesia. And international icon such as Ijen Crater is something that Indonesia should be proud of. Can be included in the Bromo Ijen tour from Yogyakarta, Ijen Crater can never be missed as a tourist destination.
Indonesia might be notorious for its politics and corruption. Yet, this is the country where tourists dream of. The country has a long coastline and wonderful landscape. It has the prettiest mountains with the majestic crater. Besides, Indonesia has many world-class outdoor tourist spots that are all worth visiting. One of which is Ijen Crater.
Of so many volcanoes in Indonesia, Ijen is one that offers a dangerous tour for those who are eager to enjoy a challenging trekking. It is not the trekking and hazardous route but the acidic lake and the sulfur dust that can be poisonous. To visit Ijen Crater will be an unforgettable journey for everyone.
Ijen volcano is located in Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, and 12 hours away by land from Yogyakarta. The caldera is approximately 20 kilometres wide. Ijen volcano is on the west part of the highest point of the stratovolcano in such caldera. The beautiful acidic lake of Ijen is one kilometre wide. The colour is striking turquoise and it is the site of a sulfur mining operation. The active crater at Ijen has a diameter of 722 meters. The crater might be smaller compared to Bromo but the beautiful lake makes this volcano one of a must visit tour spots in East Java. The lake is recognized to be the largest acidic Crater Lake in the entire universe. The lake is a source for a river called Banyupahit. Banyupahit means “Bitter Water” and it is due to the highly acidic and metal-enriched water that flows from the lake.
International Recognition of Ijen Crater
Tourist numbers increasing significantly as Ijen Crater was featured in National Geographic magazine. It was the electric-blue fire, the icon that first captured the heart of adventurers. It is so much beauty to witness the phenomenon that occurs only in two places in the world. However, the hiking activity for hunting the blue fire is not easy sometimes. During the midnight, hikers need to get started. They have to wear the mask and oxygen kits in order to anticipate problems with their respiratory systems. When strong wind attacks, hikers have to stop for a little while to avoid the extreme sulfur smell that might cause severe problems with respiration.
Joining the blue fire tour is fun but a little challenging. People have to spend to hour hiking the rim of the crater. After that, additional 45 minutes hiking down the bank of the crater should be completed to reach an ideal place to view the famous blue fire. The fire emerges from the cracks. It is so dangerous since it has 600 degrees Celsius temperature.
The unique natural phenomena in Ijen look dramatic. Additionally, the unique thing is the humble sulfur miners. The local miners will break the cooled sulfur chunks into huge pieces and carry them in baskets. The weight ranges from 75 kilograms to 90 kilograms. They will carry the load 3 kilometres away to the Paltuding. Even without the heavy loads, it is already hard enough to walk the crater rim with the gradient of 45 to 60 degrees.
Ijen Contribution for Indonesia Tourism
Today, Indonesia is developing a campaign of visit Indonesia advertisement. With some programs and developments in each region, the world-class Ijen is undeniably a cool destination to visit. The tourism in Indonesia is no longer all about Bali. Tourists will love to include Ijen in their itinerary. The location of Ijen is reachable from any Bali tour. The exotic side of Indonesia is shown clearly in the volcano complex of Ijen.
Because of the increase of the tourist’s number, Ijen has developed many facilities. Resorts and hotel industries are growing fast. That gives the opportunities for people around the area to get employed. Besides, tourism industries open wide opportunities for the region to develop financially.
If Yogyakarta is well-known for its cultural attraction, East Java has Ijen which is not only the main tourist spot but also a star. Because of the natural features, beside Bromo, Ijen is also included as one of the most precious icons in East Java. The trekking route in Ijen is proper for first timers and professionals. In addition, the panoramic view is more than gorgeous. Ijen is unequivocally a prominent outdoor tour spot for both families and trekkers. It contributes a lot to Indonesia tourism and even the international tourism industries.