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Ijen Crater Trek
Embark on an early morning ascent to the crater rim of Mount Ijen. Observe the sulphur miners traversing the steep slopes and soak up the stunning scenery and bright blue water of the crater lake.
Wake before sunrise and transfer by 4WD vehicle to Mount Ijen, part of a dramatic region of volcanic activity known as the Ijen Plateau. The scenery is incredibly diverse as you pass through tropical rainforest, plantations and rural villages. The road begins to deteriorate near Bondowoso and Wonosari, ending altogether at the village of Jampit. From the Park Ranger’s post here, begin a 90-minute uphill hike to the crater lake. The views of the turquoise lake and the foothills below are extraordinary, with evidence of volcanic activity all around. Watch an impressive feat of human labour as local miners descend into the crater before re-emerging some time later with baskets full of crystalline sulphur deposits, sometimes transporting up to 80-kilograms at a time. After ample time to appreciate the setting, retrace your steps and return to your hotel for breakfast.
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