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The Beauty of Mt. Merapi

Mt. Merapi is an ancient and sacred volcano in the heart of Java. Its as beautiful as it is dangerous. In fact, this is one of the most active volcanos in the world – its erupted twice in the last decade. On its slopes lies the cultural hub of Yogyakarta, one of Indonesia’s oldest and most storied cities. Yogyakarta is a center for arts, culture and learning. Much of its tradition and lore is wrapped up in Mt. Merapi, which to some is still revered like a god. The city has evolved with the volcano, its center moving further and further south through the centuries as its northern reachers were destroyed in successive eruptions.

You can climb Mt. Merapi, despite its high level of activity. The hike is usually done at night and rewards intrepid climbers with one of the most stunning views on earth – the sun rising over a Javanese landscape dotted with volcanos from east to west. Lucky for you, the hike only takes 10-12 hours round-trip. Guides cost between 50-100 dollars, so its affordable and easy to do in a day.