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Alas Purwo National Park

 

 

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“Alas Purwo”

The landscape is scattered beautifully on Alas Purwo. It is the first of the oldest forest, which also supports the wildlife in Java. As the rain forest, the shadow of extinction passed through our mind. Yet, looking at its long lasting beauty erases those shadows. The beauty is maintained by the wisdom of local citizens.

Still in National Park of Alas Purwo, there is Sadengan. It is a pleasant animal observation center. We can see the everyday life of bull, deer, monkey, and birds inside a sustainable ecosystem. After that, get ready to welcome the remarkable beauty of Plengkung Beach. It’s outstanding wave, peaceful ambiance, and serene atmosphere are the magnet for every visitor. They call any lost soul to stay the night.

Ijen Crater

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“Ijen Crater”

Ijen Crater is the biggest crater lake in Java. The sulfur crater lake lies between a natural dams of deeply etched rock. It is 200 meters deep and contains about 36million cubic meters of steaming acid water, shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. Inside the crater the different color and size of stones are found. Indeed the crater of Ijen is beautiful garden of stone as well.

The view of sulfur miners who climb and go down to the crater is also amazing. A man puts about 70 kg of yellowish stone in to his basket, before he descends the mountain slope to sell his load, carrying the same basket, going in the same direction, digging the same mineral. It is the natural picture that can be seen everyday.

The principal attraction at Ijen is the large Crater Lake that has much sulfur, which lies hidden between sheer walls of deeply furrowed rock at more than 200 meters. The Ijen crater itself lies at approximately 2,300 meters above sea level. It forms a twin volcano with the now extinct Mount Merapi. The 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 crater shows a special type of volcanic feature common to Indonesia, about 1 kilometer in diameter and 175 meters deep. The crater can be reached from either the east or the west by any kinds of vehicles, but the second part of the trip covers distance 3 km on foot (jungle track). The sulfur is transported entirely on foot. In the past, horses were used but they were found to be less practical on the hazardous terrain. Today, the mine yields nine to twelve tons of sulfur per day.

Men carry individual loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, up to the rim of crater and then 17 km down the mountainside to a factory near Banyuwangi. The porters are paid by weight. The most important advice if you are traveling to Ijen is: “If you lose your way, just look out for the sulfur trail”. The meaning was clear, since a continuous flow of two ways traffic, carrying the sulfur down the mountainside from the lake and trudging up again to re-load, had left a yellow trail on the well-worn path. The best time for seeing Ijen Crater is at 8 to 9 am.

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