Java has long represented a land of exoticism and tropical landscapes to the West. In reality, as you travel across Indonesia, you will be more struck by the picture of a gigantic, over-crowded village that mingles urban frenzy, a gentle lifestyle and rural traditions.
While its legendary jungles have almost disappeared, the island's fertile soil remains the domain of exuberant flowers and its volcanoes are still active. Bromo and Semeru are fascinating, as is Kawah Ijen with its turquoise lake and nature reserve, an Eden of greenery inhabited by birds, without forgetting the National Park of Ujung Kulon which provides sanctuary to the rhinoceros of Java.
The island's cultural and spiritual facet is also intriguing: go to a puppet show, admire the temples of Borobudur and Prambananand take the time to stop at Yogyakarta, proud of its arts and traditions. To finish your journey in style, head for the lovely sandy beaches off the coast of the turbulent capital Jakarta and the western coast.
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