I have heard quite a lot about Ijen crater. I have read about it in several blog posts other travel bloggers. I have seen a lot of pictures of the Ijen Crater in search engine search results. It’s beauty is captivating, yet for those who work in the Sulfur mines it is a hard life. It is these contrasts that made me so passionate about visiting Ijen. I told to myself I have to see it.
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Ijen was my first touristy destination on my motorbike road trip from Yogyakarta to Flores. I read online that you can reach Ijen from Banyuwangi or Bondowoso. I was thinking of taking the Bondowoso route, since the scenery was bound to be beautiful. There are the coffee plantations and the open fields, all far away from the traffic and the big trucks. Well.. in the end I went via Banyuwangi because there is no decent accommodation around Bondowoso. In the end I decided to stay around Ketapang port. From here it took around one hour to reach Ijen crater by motorbike.
Have you heard about the blue flames of Ijen? I am sure that the blue flames are one of the most magical things about Ijen, but that is not the reason that I was looking forward to visiting in Ijen. Oh anyways, if you want to see the blue flames you need to arrive at the crater of Ijen before sunrise. From Paltuding camp to Ijen crater is a 4 km trek (I reached it in almost 1,5 hours). If you are fit enough, I think it wouldn’t be a difficult hike at all.
I started the hike around 9 am. At this height the suns rays were strong, but the weather was fresh and breezy. I walked to the crater with two foreigner tourists and a lot of sulfur miners. I also had a light chit chat with two of the sulfur miners who talked to me about what life is like for the people who work at Ijen as sulfur miners.
Visiting Ijen was definitely a lesson about life and it enriched me as an individual. It was a great experience and something I shall always remember. To learn more about Ijen and how to get there visit this page. It covers everything you need to know about Ijen, the tour and what to expect.
Book the Ijen Midnight Tour
If you’re interested in joining the Ijen Midnight Tour I can give you a hand. I’ve partnered with a local travel agency to offer shared tours to Ijen.
Included in the Tour:
- Pick up from your hotel at midnight
- Shared transport to and from Ijen
- Experienced local driver
- Drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour
Interested in joining the tour? Press the button below to find out more.
Have you visited Ijen? What did you think of the crater? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.