Emma Bonvecchio


Chasing sunrise at Mount Bromo – Exploring Indonesia

Rising before dawn, we eagerly piled into a trusty red Jeep, bound for a sunrise spectacle against the backdrop of Mount Bromo Natural Park. As the sun painted the sky with shades of pink and orange, a neighboring volcano, Semeru, graced us with its billowing smoke. A thrilling Jeep ride and an intimate encounter with a sulfur-scented crater followed.

Probolinggo, Indonesia
27 Settembre 2023

If you thought waking up early yesterday was tough, well, brace yourself because this morning, we set our alarms even earlier. At 3 AM, we were already wide awake, ready to hop into a trusty Jeep – a small, cool, red one with just front doors. It was going to take us to a special spot where we could watch the sunrise against the backdrop of Mount Bromo Natural Park.

Mount Bromo Natural Park is a unique place in East Java, home to the famous Mount Bromo, a volcano that’s still active. It’s a stunning area with volcanoes, big craters, and lots of sandy land.

Now, let me tell you, this sunrise adventure is a super popular thing to do, so there were lots of Jeeps, all filled with tourists from different parts of the world.

Sometimes when you wake up super early like this, you worry that the weather might not cooperate, right? You’re scared you’ll get up for nothing (like two days ago). But guess what? That didn’t happen this time.
The sky looked promising right from the start. We reached the special spot after driving for an hour and walking a little, around 4 AM.
There, we had some hot coffee to warm up a bit (it was kinda chilly, but my Red Hat Factory cap kept me cozy).


Then came the awesome moment before the sun came up. The sun was still sleeping below the horizon, and the sky turned soft colors – pink, orange, and finally, a bright red. Just before the sun showed itself, around 5 AM, we got lucky (I think? I don’t know I’m not a volcano’s expert). We saw another volcano, Semeru, that was puffing out clouds of smoke. Really scenographic.

After enjoying the sunrise and taking lots of pictures, it was time to get back into the Car. Can I say that the Jeep ride was one of my favorite parts? Some people’s tummies felt a little funny, but not me – I love 4×4 Jeeps!

Next, we got to the bottom of the big crater. We got out of the car and saw some Indonesian cowboys. At first, I didn’t really get what they were up to – I’m a bit naive sometimes. Turns out, they wanted to give us a ride up the mountain so we wouldn’t have to walk.

We said no thanks and decided to take the walk. It was a few kilometers and some stairs to get to the top.

That’s where we got close to the volcano. It smelled kinda funny, like sulfur. But it was still cool, especially since I’d never seen a volcano up close before. It looked even cooler from far away, but being right there was an experience I’d recommend.

Mount Bromo - Indonesia

After our volcano adventure, we went back to our hotel. We had a big breakfast and packed up our stuff. We were ready for the next part of our trip, heading east in Java. It’s the last part of our hiking trip, and probably the last time we’ll have to get up so early!

Yes, we’ll be waking up even earlier this time. But I’m pretty sure it’s going to be worth it.

I’ll keep you updated. Oh, and a little while after leaving Probolinggo (where Bromo is), we stopped in an amazing place! But I’ll show you those pictures later.

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