I’ve always wanted to see an active volcano. By active, I mean something that is consistently spouting smoke or other materials. Mt. Bromo fits the bill.
So when the opportunity came, when we were planning a trip to Indonesia, I just had to include Mt. Bromo in our itinerary. Not only will we be able to see it from afar, we’ll actually stand on the rim of its crater.
After crossing the Sea of Sand, the next challenge is to climb the 250 steps that lead to the edge of the crater. It is a considerably easy ascend, except that most of the concrete steps and railings have been destroyed during the 2011 eruption of Mt. Bromo.
It’s hard to keep sure footing as most of the steps are covered in ash and loose sand, particularly the right side (if you’re coming from Mt. Bromo’s base). This causes for most tourists to cram on just one side of the stairs, resulting in heavy foot traffic.
There are no viewing decks on the rim of the crater. The railings that were once there to prevent people from stepping too close to the mouth of Mt. Bromo are all but gone. Tourists have a space of about a meter or so to stand in and gaze at the steaming crater.
It can get crowded at the top, and maneuvering around tourists and the loose, sandy, uneven ground is a bit tricky.
From the viewpoint, where we watched the sunrise over Bromo, we were able to observe that Mt. Bromo expels smoke every 10 to 15 minutes. At the crater, you will hear a gurgling sound and a slight vibration of the ground before seeing the smoke come out of Mt. Bromo’s crater.
We bought a flower offering from one of the many hawkers there. She told us to make a wish before throwing the offering into the mouth of Mt. Bromo.
The view of the caldera from Mt. Bromo’s crater are just amazing!
Standing on the edge of an active volcano’s crater is something not everyone gets a chance to do. Feeling and seeing the immense power of nature helps put things in perspective. Sort of… Hahaha! An experience I wouldn’t hesitate doing again.
Now off to another active volcano. Mt. Ijen, here we come!