"Moody Merapi" Yogyakarta Things to Do Tip by Assenczo

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Mount Merapi is one of the many naughty children of Java with the added intrigue of close proximity to a center of civilization of the magnitude of Yogyakarta and an impressive track record of eruption and other mischief. Last eruption happened October 2010, and almost a year later the reeling towns and vegetation in the path of destruction are still in a “sorry” state. Attempts are being made to bring life to normal by planting new trees in the fertile volcanic ash, building bamboo shacks and charge extra for some tourist activities such as bike rides to the closest possible view point (that makes sense if you are lucky with the weather). Curiously, the sheer annihilation of the living matter along the path of the lava is difficult to comprehend considering that what is seen on these” trails” is just the ash, probably the lava itself is hidden underneath. One can only imagine what a sight the crater of this monster must be and surely the brave who dare reach its rim are rewarded for this suicidal valour with views of a lifetime.

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