The blue fire of Ijen Banyuwangi Crater, East Java is a rare phenomenon that only exists in the world. Besides only in the Ijen Banyuwangi Crater, this blue fire phenomenon is found in Iceland. This rare phenomenon of blue fire can of course only be seen at night. The climbers will certainly be willing to climb at dawn. Usually the climbers start climbing to the Ijen Crater since 01.00 WIB in the morning. During the weekend, the visit of climbers to the Ijen Crater increased by around 3,500 to 4,000 people from the information I got at the office of the manager of the Mount Ijen climbing tourism area.
To reach the destination of The Ijen Blue fire, there are several alternatives depending on where you are. can be traveled by plane, you can take the flight route to the Belimbing Sari Airport, Banyuwangi. The airport is the closest access to the Ijen Banyuwangi Crater, or if you are from the island of Bali you can travel by road using a bus or private vehicle like I do, because with a private vehicle I can visit other destinations that are also very interesting such as exploring Menjangan island at the western end of the island before crossing to Banyuwangi at the eastern end of the island of Java. Besides Ijen Crater, the closest tourist destination is also Baluran National Park which has savannah fields like in Africa.
Even now Mount Ijen Nature Tourism Park and Alas Purwo National Park, Banyuwangi, East Java have been designated as World Biosphere Reserves by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The two biological sites are incorporated in the Blambangan Biosphere Reserve together with Meru Betiri National Park and Baluran National Park which are located in line with Banyuwangi, quoted from one of the local television media Liputan6.com.
Blambangan Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 678,947.36 hectares which is divided into three zones, namely a core area of 127,855.62 hectares which includes three national parks (Alas Purwo National Park, Baluran National Park, and Meru Betiri National Park) and one Nature Reserve, Ijen Crater ; buffer zone covering an area of 230,277.4 hectares; and a transition area of 320,814.34 hectares.
What makes one of the other attractions in the Ijen Crater is the activity of the miners who carry tens of kilograms of sulfur. Their efforts were so much highlighted by the media at home and abroad. With dangerous conditions they still earn a living even though they have to bet their lives breathing poisonous air from the Ijen Crater.
Taxi on Mount Ijen, Put Rates Up to Millions with Manpower. The taxi on Mount Ijen is a vehicle that is modified in such a way as to be comfortable for customers. The taxi is in the form of a cart and uses human power as its driving force. In one operation, there are three drivers who control this vehicle. Two people in front pull the rope, while one person in the back who controls the direction including controlling the brakes. Initially, the vehicle was a wagon that was used to carry sulfur mining products. While the taxi travel lane is different from the hiking trail in general. The track continues to climb, sandy and not terraces until it continues to the top. For safety and security issues do not need to worry, all Ijen taxis have been modified plus experienced drivers.
This magical taxi is used by drivers to help tourists. Especially considering the track that continues to climb. Not to mention the phenomenon of the appearance of Blue Fire which can only be found before sunrise. However, drivers will only deliver to the top. While visitors are required to go down to the location to enjoy the Blue Fire on foot because of the narrow and rocky track conditions. For one tourist can reach Rp. 1 million to Rp. 1.2 million. Although relatively expensive, it is proportional to the energy expended by the drivers.