Indonesia lies in between the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Alpide Belt, that together account for 95% of the world’s earthquakes as well as all but 3 of the 25 largest volcanic eruptions in the world. Situated in such an area, it’s no surprise that the Indonesian landscape is dominated by volcanoes. It’s the country with the highest number of active volcanoes – 76 out of 147!
Coming from regions of the world where volcanoes are scarce, our first volcano sighting was in Tagaytay in the Philippines. While my wife and I did enjoy seeing the Taal volcano and the surrounding lake, it was from afar. This time, we wanted to get up close and intimate. It was our opportunity to trek up and into active volcano craters! There were a plethora of volcanoes in Indonesia to choose from, but the most accessible ones were Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen in eastern Java.