This post is from my day hiking up a volcano, where we discovered sulfur mining at Kawah Ijen volcano. It’s is the site of a labor intensive sulfur mining operation in Kawah Ijen volcano and acid crater lake, in eastern Java, Indonesia. Miners extract the sulfur and carry it 8,660 feet up and down the mountain.
Sulfur Mining photos from our Kawah Ijen volcano adventure are below.
More great photography on Kawah Ijen that were posted on the Boston Globe website. You can also find more photography of the sulfur mines at Ijen here, here, and here.
Kawah Ijen – I don’t recommend eating sulfur deposits
My favorite photos of Kawah Ijen come from the Boston Globe’s photography section, The Big Picture, which has been getting much better recently. I’ll track down the direct photo.
After seeing this photo of Ijen I knew I wanted to visit:
From the photos it looked gorgeous – a turquoise crater lake in the middle of a group of volcanoes. But after a red-eye road trip to the base, and a difficult 2-hour drive up the mountain, and a hike up, the overcast sky became nothing but fog. Visibility was only a few feet in some places. All we saw was this:
I’m 0 for 2 on attempts at seeing volcanoes on this trip to Java. I almost turned back but then we took a different hike to see the sulfur mining on the other side of the mountain.
After leaving Bali at 9am, we arrived at Surabaya (SUB) on the island of Java at 9am. Nadya and I were picked up at the airport by her cousins friend, who was kind enough to drive us 2.5 hours to her cousins place. That’s exceptionally nice – would you do that for a friend’s friend visiting? Would you drive 2.5 hours to pick up a friend’s cousin’s new friend at the airport?
The plan was to head to Gungung Bromo, their largest volcano to watch it at sunrise. We got a ride to her cousins, at which point we’d we’d take another leg of transportation towards the base of the mountain, and leave for the mountain around 4am. It’s a lot of effort but Lonely Planet Indonesia (Travel Guide) raved about it.
Indonesia has 129 volcanoes (debated number; some place the number as more than 150), most in the world, and none are more beautiful than Gunung Bromo, on the eastern side of the island of Java (same island as Jakarta, Indonesia, where U.S. President Barack Obama once lived). There’s actually 40 volcanoes on the island of Java alone, but beautiful postcards from Indonesia with a volcano are typically of Bromo. It’s impressive! Read more...(382 words, 6 images, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)