In less than five days, I booked a tour and a flight to Surabaya for a short weekend adventure up Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia.
Living in the congested metropolis of Jakarta can be chaotic and frustrating. This spur of the moment trip was motivated by the fact that I hadn’t any capacity left to ingest this city’s madness. Time to pack and go.
Took my bestfriend with me and off we went on our one night trip up to Bromo and a one night stay in Surabaya upon our departure from Bromo. It was an added bonus of culinary divine, where we proudly divulge in a very fattening and high-cholestrol dish of RAWON two nights in row.
Surabaya bound from Jakarta.
It began with a 7.50am flight from Jakarta to Surabaya and we landed at exactly 9.20am with our tour driver waiting for us upon our arrival. Pak Bagus, was his name, took us on a 4-hour drive up to Probolinggo, an area close to Bromo in East Java. We drove passed the famous “Lapindo” area and through Pasuruan where Kelod Mountain stands tall in clear view. The long drive was satisfying, we were able to catch up on our sleep and brace our excitement for what was to come.
Car ride from Surabaya to Probolinggo, East Java.
At about 1.10pm we arrived in our hotel, Java Banana, it is pretty much the five-star of Bromo area hotel. Although, many were recommended to try the Lava View hotel or Cafe Lava Hostel – where it’s much more reasonably price and with a view. For the rest of the day, we curiously walked the surrounding villages which took us on a 2.5km walk/trek around.
It was one of those, two girls with an iPhone camera and many “selfie” moments, where we took as many photos as possible to show two city girls had ventured out into the “wild”.
During our 2.5k trek around the village. Selfie!
Mind you, we were exhausted from all that post-arrival photo and walking sessions, that we finally resorted to a nice warm shower, a laptop movie, Rawon dinner and then an early sleep. Did I mention, we made a new Dutch friend during dinner? The hotel was fairly quiet even though the occupancy was close to full.
With our Dutch buddy in Bromo.
At 2.30am our hotel room phone rang with a wake up call that buzzed us right out of bed in full excitement. With all our clothes prepped on the sofa the night before, we rushed to cloth ourselves and believe it or not…we even had the effort for full make-up to ensure our photos were going to look Great!
In the jeep catching sunrise.
At 3.10am our tour guide, Memet, knocked on our door to ensure we were awake and ready to go. At 3.20am, we closed the room door behind us and made our way to what was to be our epic 4-wheel drive jeep that would take us all around our Bromo adventures that day – Pak Rudy was the coolest driver ever.
Foggy up view point.
The first drive took us through the dark routes to our view point for sunrise, which unfortunately ended up being foggy and no sunrise.
Coffee and banana fritters in the foggy sunrise.
Nevertheless, we kept our hopes high and drove down the mountain where we found ourselves in a massive field view of greenery and Mount Bromo right in front of us. We took as many photos and videos to capture these breathtaking moments, which you’ll find attached to this blog. We hiked Mount Bromo without the help of the cute ponies, visited the desert “Pasir Berbisik” and also Teletubies Land – they named it after the actual TV show because it replicates the same setup of greenery.
Sitting at the top of Bromo Mountain.
The short and sweet adventure was filled with self-introspections and strengthened friendships. As an Indonesian, I would usually opt to travel the world outside of my own country, only to realize that the beauty does lay within. Indulging in the breathtaking views of Bromo has made me realize how much I’m truly missing out from my own country. I couldn’t be more prouder and happy to say my Bucket List has officially been filled with trips all over Indonesia.
Jumping for joy at the bottom of Teletubbie Land, Bromo
Proud moment. Many more to climb.