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Merapi Volcano

Practical information on Merapi Volcano

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Volcano
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
40min drive from Jogjakarta
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Merapi Volcano

Marion Brand Seasoned Traveller
3 written opinions

Gunung Merapi is one of Java's legendary volcanoes. Looming over the Jogjakarta Valley, it's an emblematic symbol of the region. This is must for nature lovers.

My suggestion:
In order to fully enjoy the ambience around Merapi, I decided to leave Jogjakarta and stay in Kaliurang, a little village at the foot of the volcano, from which you can go on numerous outings.
My review

Considered to be one of Indonesia's most active and dangerous volcanoes, Gunung Merapi attracts the curious. With a five-year eruption cycle, it certainly makes its presence felt among the local communties - each eruption being bigger and more devastating than the previous one.

It's both feared and greatly admired by the residents of the region. Indeed, many locals believe Mount Merapi to be the protector of the Sultan of Jogjakarta. Indeed, each year the Sultan organises a procession to the summit, by way of appeasing and foreseeing any future bursts of fury by this giant.

If you want to visit Gundung Merapi, do as I did and hire a guide. They'll love telling you the many tales that exist about the volcano, its neighbouring communities and its eruptions. Going on a trip to Merapi gives you the chance to explore an area where history and legend thrive. In my opinion, it's these aspects that make an excursion to Merapi worthwhile...not forgetting the wonderful scenery and nature hikes of course!