The Awesomeness of Indonesia – Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater)

Published December 21, 2011 by thejewelholic

This time I will introduce one of  the gorgeous place in my country. KAWAH IJEN (Ijen Crater).  Located in Ijen Volcano, Bondowoso (and Banyuwangi), East Java, which has a one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake. The active crater has an equivalent radius of 361 meters, a surface of 41 × 106 square meters. It is 200 meters deep and has a volume of 36 × 106 cubic meters. It’s the largest crater lake in Java Island.

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Last year, me and my friends (Weqy, Ayu n Angga) go on trip to this beautiful crater. We start our trip from Yogyakarta to Jember by train. And just for your information, we did a backpacker trip here. So the train cost is just IDR 33.000. We spent about 12 hours in train, me and my friends like “what?? 12 hours?? what should we do for killing the time??”. So, guess what we did?? we sleep, eat, sleep, aet, sleep again, eat again, do some games and sleep again,,hahaha 😀

After 12 hours in train, we arrived in Stasiun Jember. Then we went to Bondowoso by car. It takes one hours to go there. Oh btw, if you want to go to Ijen crater, u better rent a car from bondowoso, ‘coz there’s no public transportation to the place. Fortunately, one of us comes from Bondowoso. So right after we received my friend’s house (Angga’s house) in Bondowoso, we take our time to rest for a night there.

The next day, early in the morning we were getting ready to go to Ijen Volcano by my friend’s car. It takes about one hours to the Ijen Volcano’s gate. Along the way we saw a very beautiful scenary. Pine trees, the sound of birds chirping, some monkeys and all the good things u can find in a forest (ok, it not a forest, it’s a large land which is covered with so many big trees). Talk about pine trees, me and my friends begin to imagine if there’s Edward Cullen at the top of the tree. hehehe. ^^ Anyway, after passing the gate, we were greeted with a very large coffee plantations. The view was so great here.

After passing the coffee plantation ( I know there’s no picture of coffee plantation here, I’m sorry, I forgot to take pictures of it), we found a cute small waterfall. 🙂 And the Ijen Crater’s gate wasn’t far from here.

Anyway, we received the Ijen crater’s gate. After parking the car we continued our journey on foot. It’s time to hiking. ^.^ Another tips, make sure you start hiking on early morning like at 6am or 7am ‘coz it’s takes about fifty minutes ’til one hours (for the pro). If you start hiking at 8am or 9am, the fog had come down and the landscape became less clear.

Me, My friends and a sulfur miners

with a foreign tourists

(yup, many foreign tourists come to Ijen, most of them comes from Japan, France and Denmark)

So, Finally we received the top, the highest spot of the Ijen Crater. At this scenery I can’t describe it with word. The Ijen Crater was AWESOME. It was WONDERFUL. It’s so BEAUTIFUL. It’s a BEAUTIFUL TURQUOISE CRATER LAKE.

Here’s some pictures of Ijen Crater.

Here’s a video of Ijen Crater.

Ijen Crater stunting view from the highest peak

Credit : vinceedur @Youtube

Last thing, if you’ve never come to this place before, you better come now. Pack your things and come to Ijen Crater. Come to Indonesia. 😀

Indonesia, Dangerously Beautiful.


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