Hiking in Mount Bromo, Indonesia
When people think of Indonesia, most people think of Bali. But Indonesia has so much to offer and I got to experience some of it when I was there. I spent one full month in Indonesia and thought I would just lounge around the beaches in Bali and drink smoothies. But as relaxing as it sounds, it felt a bit stressful to me. It was my first time in Indonesia and I wanted to make the most of it – I wanted to move my body and I wanted to see the country!
When my friend in Bali told me that she had done an incredible hike sunrise hike to see an active volcano, I knew that I had to go wherever it was. She told me that it was in Java, not in Bali, and that I had to catch a ferry to the other island. No problem. I booked a trip tot Java and never looked back. What I didn’t realize is how tricky it would turn out to be to get there. Java hasn’t become a developed tourist destination yet, or at least not like Bali, so when I got there I felt a bit… lost. Luckily, I met up with two other guys who were also going to Mount Bromo but we were all three a bit naive. We just went to a small town called Probolinggo and heard that there would be minibuses there who would leave once it would fill up. Problem is – it never filled up because it was only the three of us who wanted to go. So we were stuck there for hours, trying to hitchhike and trying to get a better price for the three of us. But then something miraculously happened – a man had seen what was going on and offered us to go with him on his Uber. He was obviously the smart one.
We checked in later that night, had a bit of food and went straight to bed, only to wake up a few hours later. We started to hike in the middle of the cold night, following our map and trying to decide where the best place to see the sunrise was. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about what to expect so when the sun started to rise, I was absolutely shocked. It was more amazing than I would’ve ever expected. The colors of the sky mixed with the incredible view we had in front of us over the volcano made it all worth it. We continued to watch the sunrise for a while before heading down with motorbike taxis. When the sun was completely up, we hiked on top of the volcano and I can’t remember a time when I felt as impressed as I did now. I really recommend anyone who’s going to Indonesia to hike to Mount Bromo. It was the highlight of my trip to Indonesia.
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