Mount Ijen is a volcano located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency, East Java, Indonesia. This mountain has a height of 2,386 meters above sea level and is located side by side with Mount Merapi. Mount Ijen last erupted in 1999.
It is inside an eponymous larger caldera Ijen, which is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) wide. The Gunung Merapi stratovolcano is the highest point of that complex. The name “Gunung Merapi” means ‘mountain of fire’ in the Indonesian language; Mount Merapi in central Java and Marapi in Sumatra have the same etymology.
West of Gunung Merapi is the Ijen volcano, which has a one-kilometre-wide (0.62 mi) turquoise-coloured acidic crater lake. The lake is the site of a labour-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. The work is paid well considering the cost of living in the area, but is very onerous. Workers earn around Rp 50,000–75,000 ($5.50–$8.30) per day and once out of the crater, still need to carry their loads of sulfur chunks about three kilometers to the nearby Paltuding Valley to get paid.
One of the most famous natural phenomena of Ijen is the blue fire in the crater located at its peak. Climbing this mountain can be started from two places. Climbers can depart from Banyuwangi or from Bondowoso.
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We provide Mount Ijen crater tour packages starting from Banyuwangi as below.
00.30: Pick up in Banyuwangi City area
00.35: Travel to Paltuding
01.30: Arriving at Paltuding, preparation for hiking
02.00: Hiking to Ijen Crater
04.00: Arrive at Ijen Crater (watch Blue Fire and Sunrise)
06.00: Descend to Paltuding
07.30: Visit Jagir Waterfall
08.00: Enjoy Jagir Waterfall
08.30: Back to Banyuwangi
09.00: Finish Trip.
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