exploring Mt Bromo area
Early morning, we trek into the Park, with its unique landscapes, rainforests and grasslands. We will focus on the "Sea of Sand", an awesome volcanic crater basin with a sandy floor and surrounded by walls of 300 m high.. A powerful prehistoric eruption formed this magnificent caldera, with a host of picturesque "smaller" mountains and the smoldering cone of Mt Bromo itself, rising up from its centre. With the help of horsemen, it is easier than you think to reach the top and have a peek into the gaping hole, stirring with volcanic activity. At the base of the mountain, the Tengger people built Hindu shrines to contain the powers that stir deep below the earth's surface. Then we head for the main North Java highway to continue the journey eastbound. Once passed Bondowoso, the island of Java reveals its most beautiful landscapes. Tucked between steep mountain rugs, small plots plots of land have been transformed into glimmering rice fields. The pace of traffic slows, the atmosphere becomes more rural. The night will be spend in a hotel on an awesome location. Next lays a tranquil and authentic Javanese village, closed in by the most idyllic rice fields you have ever seen. Spectacular mountain scenery views from the garden and the swimming pool of the hotel. Just a little bit further, coffee plantations churn out a healthy production year after year.