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From Yogjakarta to Bromo volcano

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Yes, the title of this post could not be more graphic because that was all we did that day. But let's start at the beginning: we wanted to go to mount bromine and at Kawah Ijen, but outside the organized packages, visiting the area is not easy. We wanted to go to Surabaya by train or plane to save us about five hours from eleven that it takes to make the journey from Yogyakarta to Cemoro Lawang, closest town to Mount Bromo, by car. At the moment I explain the options we find to reach Surabaya and the prices and then I will explain to you which one we chose and why.


OPTION 1: plane + car.
Lion Air has a flight to Surabaya from Yogyakarta that leaves at 6 in the morning and takes an hour to get there. If purchased in advance, the flight costs 313,000 rupees (€ 25.7). Then, once in Surabaya, you can find your life with a taxi driver or an agency that takes you. We, searching in Yogyakarta and on the Internet, were unable to find anything other than a private driver that cost us $ 250 three days, just transportation, which seemed a lot to be Indonesia. Another option would have been to rent a car ourselves for $ 70 three days, but considering the state of the roads and bad signage, I do not recommend it. So we rule out this option.

OPTION 2: train + car.
Like the previous one, but train to Surabaya. We still had the same problem of having to get there and look for life. There are several trains that connect Yogyakarta with Surabaya and trains that connect Surabaya with Probolinggo, from where you can get a taxi to reach Cemoro Lawang in another hour. The air-conditioned train ticket leaves for Rs 180,000 from Yogyakarta to Surabaya and, in addition, you have to add hotels and transfers.

OPTION 3: organized tour.
There are lots of Agencies in Yogyakarta They organize the tour to go to see the volcanoes of East Java and that include transportation and hotels for fairly cheap prices. We finally decided to hire him at an agency, because the difference in price was abysmal. They have many types of packages (you can see them in the scan of the brochure of the agency) and in the end we opt for the tour Pananjakan-Bromo-Ijen-Pengosekan of two nights and two days, which ended up giving us a discount and left us for 585,000 rupees (€ 48) per person (hotels and transportation included). Meals and tickets went separately. The good thing about this tour is that they left us at the port where the ferry toward Bali, in order to continue our journey.

The bad thing about this tour is that you have to eat 11 hours in a van the first day and it's quite killer. The good thing is that it gives you the opportunity to meet other travelers. The day before we hired him and at 7.30 am they came to look for us at the hotel. For almost two hours we went alone in the van because the rest of the group got on the Solo town.

The bad thing, again, was that when we got there, the driver got lost and we were circling for more than an hour. One of the things that surprised me the most was that, when we were standing at a traffic light and someone was asking for the driver, he always gave them some money. Although we must recognize that I did not see many people begging during our trip.

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