You will find a city full of surprises, mixing old and new, between spice seller and skyscraper. Located on the northwestern coast of Java, an area of 661 square kilometers, nearly 10 million people is the largest city in Indonesia, the economic and political center of the country. Museums, Kota district, Taman Fatahillaj, Istiqlal mosque, monas, colonial district + others are the main centers of interest of the city.
Yogyakarta, Java's soul, center of classical art and traditional culture. Cradle of the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the island and its inhabitants, a city between traditions and modernity. This is the starting point for many excursions.
The Dieng Plateau, Dieng, on the caldera, is a major archaeological site with its 8 Hindu temples in ruins. The area is intensely populated and cultivates a lot.
Merbabu,, "ash mountain" volcano has two peaks, Syarif (3,119 m) and Kenteng Songo (3,145 m). We can climb from 8 to 10 hours. The village of Selo.
Merapi "mountain of fire" culminates at nearly 2,900 meters above forests and fields. It is considered the most active and dangerous volcano in Indonesia.
Today the slopes of the Merapi are intensely cultivated and present in particular many rice fields thanks to the volcanic ash, which play the role of natural fertilizer, At the approach of the summit, the remainder of tropical vegetation gives way to the bare rock affected by frequent volcanic eruptions.
Borobodour,, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a temple that is both a sanctuary dedicated to the Buddha, and a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. A stupa and, seen from the sky, a mandala. It consists of four successive galleries of geometric shape, covered with bas-reliefs, recounting the various episodes of the life of Buddha Sakyamuni whose total length is about 5 km.
Prembanan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a set of 240 Shivaite Temples, built in the 9th century under the Sanjaya Dynasty of the First Kingdom of Mataram.
Inside the main temple, there are scenes of fighting between good and evil. Representations of Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh and many other deities.
Ceto, the most recent Javanese temples of the Hindu-Buddhist period to date. On the northwest flank of isolated Lawu Mountain, often overgrown with mist, Cetho bathes in a strange atmosphere. It consists of a dozen terraces that follow one another in a floor, preceded by a bentar candy, a cracked door that is still found in particular in Bali but also in the palaces of the island of Java, Cetho is still a place of worship. The inhabitants of the region remained Hindu.
In the night board on a jeep to reach a platform on Mount Penanjakan to get a great view of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Wait for the sunrise to enjoy the best light possible. Then go back on your jeep, cross the sea of sand and climb to the crater of bromo, 800 meters in diameter and 200 meters deep, Awesome!
The "green crater" in Javanese, an explosive volcano still active. Its crater contains a solfatara from which ore of sulfur is extracted; its home to the world's most acidic lake. The crater is also known to produce breathtaking "blue flames". The ascension of the volcano takes 1 to 2 hours, to observe the blue flames. It is necessary to go down from the crater before the sunrise. At the top of it you will have breathtaking views of the mountains.
Meru – Sukamade
Sukamade Beach is part of Meru Betiri National Park. It is reached after 60km in 4 × 4 from Jajag. It is known for its turtles, which come to lay, between 21 hours and midnight, including moonlit nights, and bury their eggs half a meter deep in the sand. Guards pick up the eggs soon after and bury them elsewhere, out of reach of predators and looters. When they hatch after about 2 months, small turtles are placed in ponds where they are kept until they are able to be put back into the sea after being tagged. More than 2,500 turtles have been tagged and registered since the beach was declared a protected area in 1972.
2nd largest city in Indonesia. It is known as the city of heroes by the importance of the battle of Surabaya during the Indonesian national revolution. Port city, Indonesia's leading port, Surabaya has kept some examples of Dutch-era architecture, including administrative buildings and churches.