Today we were picked up on time at 11 o’clock by our guide Yudhi and our driver from our hotel in Surabaya. In front of us was a four-day tour through East Java to Bali.
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Our tour provider for Java
We had actually booked a tour through Java from home before the start of the world tour. However, our then selected private guide has not come forward now, after we had written to him a week before the tour started regarding the last details.
So we had to find a new agency for a similar tour in the last few days. And that wasn’t that easy. In the end, however, we found an agency with Java Exotica, which was able to design and offer the program exactly according to our wishes. In addition to visiting Mount Bromo, Ijen Crater and Turtle breeding station in Sukamada was and among other things important to be taken to our hotel in Bali at the end of the tour.
The itinerary of our 4-day tour of Java
In the end, we identified the following tour planning with the agency Java Exotica and paid a price of 360 € per person including the final transfer to Bali.
The figures on the Sidoarjo mud volcano
Our destination today was Cemoro Lawang, the last place at the gates of Mount Bromo.
On the way there we made a short stop at the sidoarjo mud volcano (Sidoarjo Mud Flow). In 2006, a volcanic mud eruption occurred near an oil well. The mud soared up to 50 metres and reached temperatures of 100 °C. The eruption continues to this day and has now formed a crater 60 metres in diameter and a sludge height of 15 metres. Under the mud layer are several houses buried by the mud slide. The reasons for the eruption are an earthquake and an oil well. So far, there is no clear explanation.
Figures were erectedon the hardened mud in memory of the disaster that left 14 dead and 40,000 homeless.
The Madakaripura Waterfall
The next stop was the Madakaripura waterfall in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. In total you can see seven waterfalls here. From the parking lot you walk about 1 km along the river before you get to the waterfall. Here you can see smaller waterfalls again and again. Shortly before the end of the gorge you have to cross the river to get to the big waterfall. In the gorge several waterfalls fall down here, so that you get completely wet. Our raincape was more than useful. At the end you stand in a deep gorge, where the water plunges from up to 200 meters into the depth. Due to the constant spray, however, photography is almost impossible.
Our Hotel mount Bromo
Around 4 p.m. we made our way back and arrived 1.5 hours later in the small village of Cemoro Lawang. Cemoro Lawang is located at an altitude of 2217 meters northeast of the Bromo volcano.
Here we stayed in the Bromo Permai Hotel. The rooms are quite simply furnished and not so clean. The sheets have also been very spotty. For one night it’s ok, we wouldn’t want to stay here any longer. Especially since it also smelled permanently for faeces. Hot water for showering is available, but you can only choose between boiling hot and ice-cold – there is unfortunately no middle thing. Wifi is available for free in the lobby – it works better sometimes worse. The associated restaurant is good, dishes are available there from 30,000 IDR, which are also tasty. Breakfast was included in the price. There was a small buffet of rice, pasta, omelette and toast, which was fine.
Since we start our tour to Mount Bromo at 3 o’clock in the morning tonight, we only ate something quickly and then went to bed.