Bromo Ijen: Between Sunrise and Traditional Sulfur Miners

Bromo Ijen Tour Package

Bromo Ijen Tour Package, Volcano Tour

One of the most distinguished natural features in East Java is the pale wide lake of Ijen crater.  It offers a very mesmerizing and uniques natural view as the largest acidic lake with a p.h as low as 0.13. It is located in a group of volcanic mountain of Ijen in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java Indonesia. The Ijen volcano is on the east of Merapi mountain which has a one-kilometer turquoise acid crater lake. Bromo Ijen is must-added to your volcano tour which cost an overnight travel from Merapi in Yogyakarta.

To many visitors, the main attraction of Bromo Volcano tour lies in the fascinating moment. It comes when the sun has just cracked with reddish light gleams the whole darkness surrounding the crater. The group of sturdy mountains, the stillness of plain of sea sand, and the chillness of a cold below common temperature air add to the dramatic view. The scene is a highly precious moment happening only in several minutes before the sun perches perfectly above the cloud and mist of the mountain with yellowish white color.

The visitors have to struggle very hard through the tough night air, rough and still sea of sand, and the steep rocks and long rail path. All will be overpaid all at once as they feel the warmth of the sun caresses their frozen bones and skin and warm their steamy cold breath. Climbing the top of the mountain and beholding a mesmerizing scenery of turquoise sulfuric crater before the eyes feel greater than winning a jackpot prize. The high altitude enables a wider view of the group of mountains including Semeru which stands by bragging strength and fascinating beauty of bluish Bali Sea from afar.

Sulfur Miner of Ijen

Bromo Ijen Tour Package
Bromo Ijen Tour Package

Amidst the mesmerizing moment of Ijen tour are several unique traditional sulfur miners.  They carry the huge chunk of sulfur weighing up to 100 kilograms at most in sulfur-laden baskets from the crater floor to the nearby Pultuding Valley about three kilometers far to get paid. Although this is a very struggling and high-risk work, they are quite well-paid compared to the cost living in the area. Each sulfur chunk in a laden basket which they could carry ranges from 75 kilograms up to 90 kilograms is paid around IDR 1.000 to 2.000 per kg.

Before making this long exhausting risky journey of carrying chunks of sulfur, the miners have to break the cooled sulfur materials into large pieces. They work hard amidst the escaping volcanic gases which are channeled through the network of ceramic pipes and become condensed as molten sulfur. Majority of miners are capable of making such journeys twice a day. Despite the insufficient work protection during the process of breaking chunks of sulfur and carrying it to the nearby Paltuding Valley. There are around 200 people who are willing to do this hard work.

Although the job pays quite well, the traditional miners are often suffering from respiratory problems. It can be a serious effect due to the bare exposition of the sulfuric acid gas continuously for such a long time. Ironically, the traditional sulfur mining site is an interesting attraction to the visitors of Ijen Tour. Visitors are usually will take the photographs of the walking and passing by miners carrying loads of the huge sulfuric chunk.