Mount Ijen is one of Indonesia’s unique trekking destinations.
It is famous for electric blue lava-like rivers of light a.k.a the “blue flames” that is best seen when it’s still dark. The trek starts before sunrise and passes through sulfur mines before reaching the crater lake. Along the way, you’ll see miners carry huge loads of sulfur rocks back to the base camp, and breathtaking views of the volcano.
Located on the far east of Java Island, Banyuwangi is the main gateway city to Mount Ijen. From Banyuwangi city center, go on a 1.5-hour drive up the mountain to Pos Palduting. And, a 1 to 2-hour trek to the crater lake and sulfur mines at Mount Ijen. Most travelers reach Banyuwangi by ferry from Bali or by land from Surabaya or Probolinggo. You can also fly to Banyuwangi Airport from Surabaya
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