Ijen Crater Banyuwangi, East Java is the most wonderful crater in Indonesia. It has a biggest crater lake that produced huge sulfur from the bottom crater and lies between a natural dams of deeply etched rock. it has 200 meters depth and contains about 36million cubic meters of steaming acid water, shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. Inside crater, different color and size of stones are found. Indeed the crater of Ijen is beautiful garden of stone as well.
Ijen Plateau lies in the centre of Ijen-Merapi Malang Reserve, which extends over much of the mountainous region directly west of Banyuwangi and borders on Baluran National Park in the northeast. As at Mt. Bromo, the caldera is best viewed from the air. Fortunately, almost all commercial flights operating between Denpasar – Surabaya, Yogyakarta or Jakarta usually fly, if not directly over, then close by Ijen plateau, where the seemingly luminous blue/green crater lake forms an unmistakable landmark. It is beautiful scenery and located about 32 km to the north west of Banyuwangi.
Mount Ijen also said “Kawah Ijen” (indonesia langage) it is very spectaculer when the sunshine almost glows into crater rim and in addition. Every morning, there are many sulfur miners doing mining operation, They haul about 50 – 80 kg of yellowish sulfur stone from bottom crater using a basket or bambu hauling, they start their job begin at 05.00 AM until finish at 12.00 PM. Before they load two baskets of sulfur, they usually waiting for melt sulfur dropped out from the pipe and awaited until form hard, then moved to baskets with little piece using iron tool such as crowbar. after enough with their loads, they hauled and collected to the warehouse in Paltuding (near parking lot) to earn salary, each kilogram of sulfur has a cost 800 – 900 rupiah (0.06 – 0.07 USD) and they earn salary around 100,000 – 150,000 thausand rupiah (7.64 – 11.46 USD) for 1 day.
The principal attraction at Ijen Volcano is the large Crater Lake that has much sulfur, which lies hidden between sheer walls of deeply furrowed rock at more than 200 meters. Ijen crater itself lies at approximately 2,300 meters above sea level. It forms a twin volcano with the now extinct Mount Merapi. an enormous Crater Lake, which is 200 meters deep and covers an area of more than meters, a million square meters, contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming, acid water.
Ijen Volcano shows a special type of volcanic feature common to Indonesia, about 1 kilometer in diameter and 175 meters deep. The floor is covered completely by a warm lake, milky blue green in colours held back by a dam built many years ago by the Dutch, in order to keep the hot, mineral laden water from raining. Ijen Crater, East Java can be reached from either east or west side by any kinds of vehicles, but the second part of the trip covers distance 3 km on foot (jungle track). most visitors start Ijen Crater trekking from Paltuding (parking lot) for 1,5 hours with path condition little bit slippery and steep, need a trekking shoes to get easy.
temperature in this tourism drops at night, near of the rim it can fall to about 5° Celsius. It is way is ended at Jampit, where very basic shelter is available. It is also possible to sleep in the old vulcanology station further up the hill, now used by sulfur collectors, but permission must be obtained in advance.
Information of Ijen Crater Banyuwangi, East Java Indonesia
Mount Ijen located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso regency. The nearest way is from Banyuwangi Ketapang Harbor. to reach this volcano, you can start from Surabaya Airport for 6 hours driving and 2 hours from Banyuwangi regency. Before enjoy Ijen Crater, you can stay in the nearby hotel such as Catimor Homestay, Arabica Homestay, Ketapang Indah Hotel, Ijen View Hotel and Ijen Resort.
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