Bromo is an active volcano mount located in east Java, Indonesia. It has a beautiful scene thats why so many tourist from local and global coming to this place. It also has unique culture and tradition. Even tough I am living in west java (not much far away to bromo) but this is fucking amazing journey that i’ve ever seen in my life. I feel so proud as an Indonesian.
Well.. Whatever you choose to reach to the place, its better when you reach there in the middle of the night. There is no life in the mountain, so you need some times from the hotel area to reach the mountain.
Based on my experiences to bromo with friends, we took a flight from Jakarta to Surabaya. Then we were using car from Surabaya till reach the hotel. It was around 3-4 hours driving from the airport. Eating enough food and staying fit is a must because there was no other time to sleep. At that time, we didn’t go into the room because we should check in during day time. So we changed and got ready in any public toilet in the gas station or convenience store.
The jeep picked us at 2.30. We then left the hotel and went straight to the sunrise point bromo. There were 2 gates that we should pass to reach there . The first one for the local support and the second one for the government, so prepare your money! The first gate was Rp 5,000 and the second gate was Rp 22,500 for the domestic rate. Talking about the sunrise point, the place was around 2770 MASL. This was fucking amazing because I felt like i was up in the sky. The jeep supposed to stop and we continue by walking to reach the spot. The weather super cold during that time, bringing a shawl and gloves was necessary.
While waiting to the sun rising, you saw so many people keep coming. Things that I’ve learnt from my friend was got ready as soon as possible. Because if you’re late, you’ll miss the good spot. The sun rising around 4.30. So many people took photo during that time. But whatever you are thinking of doing, don’t ever forget to enjoy the beautiful moments. Thats super beautiful. I was there until 7.00. The sky changed it color. The color looked like a rainbow. So bright and colorful. We saw beautiful bromo mountain and the mount Batok. Besides that, we could also see the highest mountain in Java named Semeru from a distance.
After finish with the sunrise point, we went to small shop to eat Indomie (always be my favourite noodle) then we walk toward the parking area. We went to whereas the mountain located. On the way there, we stop the car and took photo. It was super beautiful savanna places. After finish with the photo session, I was sitting on the top of the car with my best friend and went toward the bromo.
According to my opinion, bromo is beautiful places to visit with friends and family. More people go out with you means more fun. We couldn’t use car to go to mountain, so then we should park the car and walked to the ‘foot’ of the mountain. After that, we could always find a horse and go to ‘almost’ the top of mountain using that. The price of the ride is around Rp 40.000,- but since i’ve gone with friend, hiked the mountain was much more amazing experiences. We tried to motivated each other when we felt tired.
On the top of mountain bromo (2329 MASL), we could see the ‘smoke’ came up from inside the mountain. Because bromo has ever been exploded, so the shape is not like whole mountain. The is a big hole in the middle of the mountain. Well, the best view when you reach the top of mount bromo besides you see the beautiful scenery n sky, you can also see the mount Batok which has a beautiful shape of mountain.
After finish of hiking bromo, we went to another direction named Teletubbies Hill. It named that way because of you can feel the savanna experiences looked like in teletubbies movie. It super beautiful and amazing. There were small shop that sold the original meatballs from Probollinggo. That was super yumm after being so tired in hiking the mountain.
The next place that we could go named ‘pasir berbisik’. If its translated becomes ‘whispering sand’ That was fucking cool. I tried to go out from my vehicle. Sat on the sand while closing my eyes. Placed my hand on the sand. I could listen the sand whispering. It was like the wave sound on the beach. Wow! We had a cup of hot milo, there was one tent that selling simple drinks and food. We ate a lot btw..! And so much having fun. Clock showing the time was around 11.15 am.
We just rent the jeep til 12.00 so then we should directly came back to the hotel after done with the tour. We were staying at the backpacker hotel named Yoschi. This hotel was quite simple and nice. So many foreigner staying on that place. It was full of hindu’s statues. Well, the majority of people beliefs there was Hindu. They also have one behavior to put the sarong crossing on their body. It to showed people who came that they were the origin person who stayed there (near to the mountain). We slept for a while and the we directly went to the Jazz Bromo.
Jazz Bromo was an annual music concert up in the mountain. There were local and international players. It usually held on august because it was also celebrating independence day of Indonesia. With the open space places, freezing cold, I could say that this was something new. If you are a jazz lover, you probable should try this one!