UNBELIEVABLE BROMO !

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Cool and classy yellow 4x4 to Bromo
I couldn’t sleep after I tried to for a very early rise at 2am Bromo Sunrise. Around half pass 1am the tour agent came at my room door picking me up shuttling to Cemoro Lawang, the village at the bottom of Gigantic Bromo National Park. I have paid slightly hefty Rupiah just to witness a sunrise at Mount Bromo. Toto the agent seems reliably and after much discussion on detail what the total 350,000Rupiah covers, I was happy to know I didn’t need further payment such as entrance fee or any other additional unnoticed stuff. If I had stayed at Cemoro lawang itself the cost could be 70% less! He’s reasoning of private car in the night from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang was how he came out with the total.
Up in the clouds, Gunung Penanjakan viewpoint
All paid and off we departed through the pitch dark of the night.

The van driven by his brother and him seating next to, was sleeping. I was sleeping too all the way for nearly an hour journey. A stop at homestay in Cemoro Lawang to pick-up another 5 passengers who’s in their package tour overnight at the homestay-Bromo-onward journey. At 3.30am we were loaded into yellow 4 wheel drive, 2 French boys, an English girl, a South Korean boy and a European retiree. We were drove in steep winding road, through mud and a vast desert before climbing up at Gunung Penanjakan viewpoint. The best point of the whole scene. Reaching the viewpoint terrace after climbing up steps, it was cold and cloudy night. I waited for 30 minute and saw a glimpse of sunlight breaking through a cloudy atmosphere, thought that this was going to be a dull sunrise.

The cloud moves fast and later it back to where it used to.
I'm sure if Steven Spielberg or James Cameroon or any Hollywood moviemaker sees this, this will be the next best thing movie setting.
Finally the sun brightly reaching throughout the whole scene,Mount Bromo slowly became visible behind the mist and clouds. It was truly an EPIC scene! I could not stop taking pictures after pictures; the whole scene was just phenomenally breathtaking. Bromo Park isn’t succumbed into tacky touristy place, I’m glad Indonesian Government managed to pull this one out. Although there were many tourists, it wasn’t overly crowded.

I headed down after the sun has finally comes out for further drive back down to reach Bromo. There we stopped at the vast desert of Laoitan Pasir surrounded by eerie volcanic mountains; we were passing through here on the way up but didn’t see anything beside the dark of the night. A parking space for 4x4 trucks at the getaway hiking up to Bromo. The touts for a horseback ride up to the base of steps to Bromo persuading tourists to ride.
An Epic vista of Mount Bromo seen from Gunung Penanjakan
It was 50,000 Rupiah single ride though, I got 15,000Rupiah finally after a negotiation and some hundred meters walk away towards the hike, the horse owners were following their targeted tourist all along. I made sure he’s going to walk his horse as it can be dangerous on a steep hill, I had slightly frightening experience in Petra Jordan that the tout left me on a horseback and the horse went berserk. He insisted me to ride horse down after for a total of 40,000rp, I said I would decide it later. Climbing down was much better done walking not on horseback. He even offered a stop and take me pictures on a horseback.

Finally I reached the lips of the crater with the smokes coming out from the center. It was a scene like in any fantasy movie. Looking far down behind was the whole vast of desert and a temple at the center. I would say Sunrise in Bromo and the Crater is by far the most breathtaking vista I’ve seen.
Yeah, bring me up to Bromo


The temperature was less cold as we finished and headed back down to Cemoro Lawang Homestay. Had a chat with Lorna, an English girl in the 4x4 trip, she did the tour that includes a tourist bus from Yogyakarta - Overnight in Bromo- Sunrise in Bromo- and onward bus to Bali for only 450,000 Rupiah!! Where else I paid 350,000 only for only a Sunrise Bromo and stayed somewhere only 35km from Bromo, not some regional city far away! The tour operator in Probolinggo has a very serious problem, Lonely Planet warns me about this but I couldn’t do anything. The irony of travelling in tour package that is cheaper than on one’s own, one of the reason the group of travelers I chatted doing so than doing it independently like myself, and I’ve enjoyed a lot more by doing everything on my own.
Smoking Volcanoe of Bromo


To get back to Probolinggo we were swapped back into minivan. I asked the driver to drop me at the bus terminal and be there by local bus, he dropped the price for only 25,000 from 35,000 and 50,000(the first stake). And in total I paid 375,000 Rupiah for Sunrise experience. Money isn’t everything; I made my piece with it and had a memorable moment in Mount Bromo.

I doze up all the way back to my hotel.


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herman_munster says:
Ideally hiking up is the best. Away from touristy way and offers hidden charm unnoticed.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2010
justasimsim says:
Pack your rucksack Layla, lets hike to the top :) no jeep, no horse, just hiking, :) I dare you...
Amin, awesome shoot....LIKE :)
Posted on: Apr 07, 2010
laylazz says:
Amin...meleleh air liur ...love the pictures !! sooooooo beautiful !!

someone plzzz bring me to Bromo...Fran, Sim sim,helphelp :D
Posted on: Apr 06, 2010
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Cool and classy yellow 4x4 to Bromo
Cool and classy yellow 4x4 to Bromo
Up in the clouds, Gunung Penanjaka…
Up in the clouds, Gunung Penanjak…
Im sure if Steven Spielberg or Ja…
I'm sure if Steven Spielberg or J…
An Epic vista of Mount Bromo seen …
An Epic vista of Mount Bromo seen…
Yeah, bring me up to Bromo
Yeah, bring me up to Bromo
Smoking Volcanoe of Bromo
Smoking Volcanoe of Bromo
The clouds moving away but back to…
The clouds moving away but back t…
Sunrise in Bromo Caldera
Sunrise in Bromo Caldera
Minutes to sunrise
Minutes to sunrise
Mount Semeru
Mount Semeru
Mount Semeru slowly visible
Mount Semeru slowly visible
The mist and clouds
The mist and clouds
Bromo seen from Gunung Penanjakan.…
Bromo seen from Gunung Penanjakan…
Not overly crowded
Not overly crowded
Telecomunication tower
Telecomunication tower
Mount Bromo puffing its smoke earl…
Mount Bromo puffing its smoke ear…
Bromo National Park Java Indonesia
Bromo National Park Java Indonesia
Impressive!
Impressive!
Climbing up to the top by 4x4
Climbing up to the top by 4x4
Incredibly beautiful atmosphere
Incredibly beautiful atmosphere
Yellow 4x4 ride. Cool and classy
Yellow 4x4 ride. Cool and classy
Hiking up the smoky Bromo
Hiking up the smoky Bromo
The horseback ride local for only …
The horseback ride local for only…
The Temple in the middle of vast d…
The Temple in the middle of vast …
The vast Laoitan Pasir desert from…
The vast Laoitan Pasir desert fro…
Smoking Bromo
Smoking Bromo
The lips of the crater. Surreal lu…
The lips of the crater. Surreal l…
Hindu Temple
Hindu Temple
Smoking Volcanoe of Bromo
Smoking Volcanoe of Bromo
Me and South Korean fellas in the …
Me and South Korean fellas in the…
Temple in the middle of desert
Temple in the middle of desert
Local Tengger folks
Local Tengger folks
Bromo
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