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May 18th 2012
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Painful 5h public bus journey from Probolinggo to Banyuwangi, the launch point for the trek up Kawah Ijen. Stayed at the Manyar Hotel, described as "rather soul-less" by Wikitravel, but hey, there was wi-fi at the restaurant!

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Bus from Probolinggo to BanyuwangiBus from Probolinggo to Banyuwangi
Bus from Probolinggo to Banyuwangi

IDR27k for painful 5h journey including multiple stops. View from the back seat -- standing room only.
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Trekking up Ijen

1.5h, 3km steep uphill trek up to the Ijen plateau. Not fun, but ultimately worthwhile.
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Sulphur Miners @ Ijen

They carry about 70kg each trip, usually making two trips a day. IDR600 per kg for their troubles.
Kawah IjenKawah Ijen
Kawah Ijen

Volcanic caldera (yes break out the Sec 1 Geography textbook) filled with unbelievably pristine, turquoise water. Sublime. Unfortunately it was a rather cloudy day and the sulphur mine was acting up, obscuring the view. Photo taken by Jamie and Eline, two twenty-something Dutch girls with whom I shared the 4WD ride up Ijen.
Model AnswerModel Answer
Model Answer

Felt I had to include this more professionally-taken photo on a better day to do Ijen justice.

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