Volcanoes have been a part of Indonesian people’s lives since the very first people settled the islands. Due to its location within the Pacific ring of fire, Indonesia is blessed (or cursed?) with so many active volcanoes. People are accustomed with volcanic eruptions from time to time, from which fertile soil makes a new life for the survivors or their next generations.
Last year (I won’t be traveling anywhere until this December, so I dug up old memories), I went to a scenic volcanic crater in West Java province, about 3 hours drive from Jakarta, which is much known as Kawah Putih (White Crater). This place is pretty well-known among some Indonesians for its turquoise crater with white rocks and green hills around it. I visited this place at 6 am during weekdays and spotted very few visitors. Because it was still quite early in the morning, I could still see mist covering the hill around the crater. When the mist met the sulphuric steam from the crater, it created a magical scene right before my eyes which makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a fantasy movie set. This place might not be a tourism hotspot, but it is worth visiting if you have a flexible and not-too-tight schedule.