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Bromo National Park Indonesia

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park is in East Java, Indonesia. The national park is named after its two mountains, Mount Semeru (the highest on Java) and Mount Bromo (the most popular). The area around the mountain is inhabited by the Tenggerese, the only Hindus left on the island of Java. The local form of religion is quite similar to that on Bali, but rather more low-key thanks to the population pressure of Muslims all around, with the only visible manifestations of faith being a few rather basic temples (pura). Still, for many visitors, the sight of angular-faced, sunburned, moustachioed Tenggerese wrapped in poncho-like blankets, trotting about on ponies with craggy mountains as the backdrop more resembles Peru than Indonesia. By far the most common activity in the park is visiting the collapsed but still smouldering Mount Bromo, located in the unearthly moonscape of a caldera known as the Sand Sea (Pasir Laut). Climbing Mount Semeru (3676m) is much more strenuous - and, due to the volcanic fumes and danger of eruption, more dangerous - exercise. Only possible during the dry season. To view a warm sunrise over Bromo and Mt. Semeru, climb Mt. Penanjikan starting out at 3 a.m. to catch the sunrise at around 5 a.m. You can decide to wait at the quiet first viewpoint, which only takes about 45-60 minutes to hike to, rather than hiking to the top. Jeep companies can also drive you to the summit.

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