For travellers in Indonesia it is very important that if you want to visit the volcanoes of Bromo and Ijen in East Java, you do it on your way from Yogyakarta to Bali and NOT the other way round. Thankfully this is the way that we did it when we were in Indonesia.
In the crater of Mount Ijen, one of the volcanoes that I explored during our East Java Volcanoes Tour, is the largest acidic lake on planet earth, with a pH of 0.5 (similar to battery acid). The water in the lake is acidic enough to dissolve clothes and eat through metal.
During our tour of the volcanoes of Bromo and Ijen in East Java, Indonesia, we had some free time to explore Mount Bromo. We had got up very early to see the sunrise over Bromo from Gunung Penanjakan viewpoint.
I have already mentioned to you that when we did the tour from Yogyakarta to the volcanoes of Bromo and Ijen in East Java, we had a very early morning excursion in jeep to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo.
The Bromo and Ijen Volcanoes Tour takes two and a half days. Before you set off from Yogyakarta you should know that you are in for a very long, uncomfortable and sweaty ride by minibus. Your arse is never going to forgive you and you are going to have back ache.
We were picked up from our hotel in Yogyakarta at 07:30am on the dot. From that moment our driver’s foot never left the accelerator…
When you are looking for the best 3D / 2N Bromo-Ijen Tour from Yogyakarta, as well as the price, and what’s included, you have to consider the itinerary of the tour too.
It was the end of the line for us in Yogyakarta and it was time for us to move on. We had loved the city and had had some excellent days out thanks to the Via Via tour agency. Now the plan was to leave Yogyakarta and leave Java altogether.
When we were in Yogyakarta, we used a local agency to book all our activities, and it was brilliant. Via Via in Yogyakarta really enhanced our stay in the city and allowed us to discover Yogyakarta in unusual ways.
Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. It is said to date from the 9th century, but just like so many temples in the area, became consumed by the ash and lava from surrounding volcanoes at some point in time and was not uncovered again until 1815 when Sir Stamford Raffles ordered excavation
When we went to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples we did an alternative tour rather than the generic minibus-transfer-plus-entrance-ticket-tour. On our visit to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples, the four of us hired motorbikes with driver, which meant we were able to take the scenic route along the country lanes
Candi Sambisari is one of the ‘Hidden Temples’ that we visited on our tour of Prambanan and the Hidden Temples from Yogyakarta. And it’s not a hidden temple because it’s off the beaten track, but because it has literally spent centuries hidden.
After such a bad dining experience during my stay, I thought I should just let you know where NOT to eat in Yogyakarta in case you really were thinking of visiting this fantastic city…
Where to stay in Yogyakarta is at the Delta Homestay in Yogyakarta. That’s my recommendation anyway, and I’ll tell you why… We were so pleased with the Delta Homestay in Yogyakarta that I have decided to make it my ‘Where to Stay in Yogyakarta’ recommendation.
Indonesia’s most famous avenue is found in Yogyakarta. Jalan Malioboro, or Malioboro Street, is Indonesia’s answer to New York’s Times Square, Bangkok’s Khao San Road, London’s Covent Garden or Marrakech’s Djemma el-Fna: it’s where everything happens. On a Saturday and Sunday evening there are plenty of street musicians, drama groups and dancers putting on shows.