Surabaya 2020 – Day 2 – 21 February 2020.
Catching the sunrise! We woke up at 2 am to prepare ourselves to see the sunrise at Seruni Sunrise View Point. However, the sun did not appeared as it was covered with thick clouds and fog. We enjoyed the experience though. The view point was about 2500m above sea-level with a temperature at 16C.
After failing to get a glimpse of the sunrise, the Bromo craters awaits us. We were unlucky as we could not experienced boarding a jeep as it was barred to enter for the whole month of February. It left us with 2 choices – either we trekked or rode a horse. So we chose to experience riding a horse as the journey to the crater was about 8km. It was a first ever experience for all of us. The view were awesome.
Mount Bromo (Indonesian and Javanese: Gunung Bromo) is an active somma volcano which is part of the Tengger mountains. It is not the highest peak in the massif, but it is the most famous, with a height of 2,329 meters (7,641 ft). The volcano is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which is one of East Java’s most popular tourist sites. Bromo is derived from Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, as pronounced in Javanese. Mount Bromo is situated in the center of a plain known as the “Sea of Sand” (Javanese: Segara Wedi or Indonesian: Lautan Pasir), which has been a nature reserve since 1919.
The nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang is a popular starting point for visits to Mount Bromo. It is possible to walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes from there, but it is also possible to take an organized jeep tour that includes stops at the Mount Penanjakan (2,770 m or 9,088 ft) viewpoint (Indonesian: Gunung Penanjakan). Mount Penanjakan’s sights can also be reached on foot in about two hours. The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation occasionally issues a warning not to visit Mount Bromo, depending on the level of volcanic activity.
To be continued…
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