Soon there is enough light to see the three volcanoes, two which line up as if drawn from the same axis.
In the foreground is extinct Mt. Batok with Mt. Semeru behind it. Mt. Bromo is just to the left of Mt. Batok. The top of the volcano has been blown off. It last erupted in January 2011. Mt. Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, spewing off ash and smoke about every 20 minutes.
In our descent, clutching onto the horse’s saddle becomes even more challenging because we need to lean back slightly due to the steepness of the slope. Back in our jeeps, we travel to another vista where we can see the other jeeps trekking across the “Sea of Sand” to the Hindu temple at the foot of Mt. Bromo. Look closely to find it.
Legend of Mount Bromo
Being childless for many years, the royal couple made a trip up Mount Bromo to seek the help of the mountain gods in granting them a child. The gods agreed to their request, telling them that they would have 25 children, but demanded that they sacrifice their final child. Together, the couple had 24 children.
Judith had business the next day and I hung out at the pool and spa relaxing before travelling back to Jakarta the next day. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Indonesia and Mt. Bromo and Surabaya should be on any tourist’s short list.