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Kawah Ijen: Where the Fire Burns Blue Posted by on May 24, 2017

Kawah Ijen: Where the Fire Burns Blue

Of all the adventures that await you in Indonesia, perhaps none is more spectacular than a visit to Kawah Ijen. Deep in this volcanic crater, in the middle of the night, you can see the famed blue fire. It’s not lava, but a result of the combustion of sulfuric gases. You’ll also see the sulfur miners…

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Trekking at Mt. Rinjani (Part Two) Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

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After an intense first day of uphill hiking – much of it in the rain – we camped under the stars on the first night of our Mt. Rinjani trek. Having gone to bed at just 8 o’clock, we rose from our tents bright and early to take in the sunrise over the mountain. Here…

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Trekking at Mt. Rinjani (Part One) Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

One of the highlights of traveling in Indonesia is a multi-day trek up Gunung Rinjani on the island of Lombok. Towering at 3,726 meters (12,224 ft), this active volcano is the 2nd tallest in all of Indonesia. Trekking trips range from 2-5 days and go all the way to the summit or just to the crater rim…

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Hiking Mt. Egon Posted by on May 18, 2016

Staying in the backpacker-friendly Lena House outside of Maumere, you can easily cruise up to the trail to hike Mt. Egon. This volcano is still very active – in January over 1,000 villagers were forced to evacuate when it started spewing toxic gas and clouds of ash. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case on our visit…

Maumere Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

Last month, we took a look at what you can do with two weeks in Flores, and now we’re going to dive in a bit more to the destinations covered in that post. Maumere is the biggest town in Flores, yet it still feels like a small fishing village. It’s a good place to start…

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The Blue Fire of Kawah Ijen Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Although we were exhausted from our epic trip to Mt. Bromo, there was one more thing we just had to do on Java before crossing over to the Island of the Gods – hike into the volcanic crater of Kawah Ijen to see the famed blue fire. After another long trip with multiple bus rides…

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Staring into a Volcanic Crater at Mt. Bromo Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

After a ridiculous trip from Yogyakarta, which involved an overnight train, three angkots (local buses), and one terrifying motorbike ride flying across the Sea of Sand, we finally arrived at Gunung Bromo (Mt. Bromo). The name of this active volcano is derived from the Javanese word for Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. For visiting the…

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