Ijen Crater is a caldera that can accommodate 36 million cubic meters of sulfur and hydrogen chloride with an area reaching 5466 hectares. The lake is located at the top of the mountain has a zero acidity with a depth of 200 meters deep, so that with the acidity, Crater Ijen lake capable of dissolving human fingers and clothing. So please be careful when visiting this place.
Use a mask when visiting Ijen Crater
When visiting the crater, the visitors are required to wear a mask, this is to anticipate the inhalation of sulfur gas carried by the caulk of caulk smoke that can endanger health. Sulfur content in Ijen crater is quite high so wearing a mask when visiting becomes one thing that must be done.
If viewed from its status, this mountain is one of the volcanoes in Indonesia are still active until now. Mount Ijen recorded ever erupted 4 times in 1796, 1817, 1913, and 1936.
The beauty of the turquoise sea in the top of the mountain is very attractive tourists to visit its existence. To visit the tourist attractions, the tourists can travel through 3 districts of Bondowoso, Banyuwangi, and Situbondo.
How to Go to Ijen Crater Site
The journey begins from Situbondo must go to Sempol by passing Wonosari then journey proceed to Paltuding. The journey from Situbondo to Paltuding has a distance of about 93 km which the journey takes about 2.5 hours.
Meanwhile, if taken from Banyuwangi district, the tourists can pass through Licin before heading to Paltuding. Distance from Banyuwangi to Paltuding about 40 km with an uphill terrain.
Tips: Visiting the crater Ijen should be done starting from dawn because climbing journey that will be in quite distant and exhausting. If you leave at the time before sunrise then you will get a bonus of natural scenery and the beautiful sunrise.
You can stay overnight first in the cheap guest house around Pos Paltuding. This post is managed by the local government (Dinas Kehutanan) If you want to set up a tent and camp, you can also do it by first asking for permission, usually around the post of many visitors who set up camp.