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Merapi Volcano, Indonesia

From series “Sleeping Super-Volcanoes Capable of Destroying Whole Regions”
Height: 2 914 m.

Merapi Volcano is also one of the most dangerous supervolcanos in the world. Island’s Java volcano doesn’t look like its supervolcano “brothers”. If once it erupts, a lot of damages will be done to the Earth. For the last 100 years, its activity becomes rather high and that makes keep scientists’ head on a swivel. The volcanoes high is 2 914 meters. Every seven years it has large eruptions but small eruptions happen much oftener – twice a year. The strongest eruption was in 1930 and became a reason of 1 300 deaths. In 1974 the eruption has destroyed two villages and in 1975 another village was raised to the ground and claimed the life of 29 people.

Merapi Volcano, Indonesia However, the researchers say that regular eruptions are quite a good estimate for the planet. That means that Merapi Volcano lowers its power and saves the Earth from the great disaster. One of the most tragedy eruptions was in 2010. It was foreseen by scientists, that’s why 350 000 people were evacuated from this area beforehand. Nevertheless, all these in time actions that were taken didn’t save all people lives, 353 were dead.

Locals live there for the fruitful volcanic soils. The agricultural industry is quite popular and profitable. Farmers reap the harvest several times per year. Tourists like the picturesque nature and the unique archaeological areas where were found ruins of the ancient towns. Every eruption of Merapi Volcano puts in jeopardy of existence not only natural and historical monuments but also the existence of the Java island. Next - Valles Caldera

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Nearest airports:
 »  Adisucipto Airport JOG - in 27 km
 »  Adisumarmo Airport SOC - in 33 km
 »  Achmad Yani International Airport SRG - in 62 km
 »  Juanda Airport SUB - in 259 km
 »  Husein Sastranegara Airport BDO - in 324 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Merapi Volcano

"Puri Indah Inn, Conference & Resort Hotel"

Located in 6 km from Merapi Volcano
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Rooms: 20
Modern rooms feature pastel brown fabrics and classic dark wood furnishings. Tea and coffee-making facilities are provided. A terrace and seating … More: photo, rates and booking
Tempuran Hills Homestay

Located in 7 km from Merapi Volcano
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Rooms: 2
Overlooking the gardens, the room in the homestay is fitted with a desk and en suite bathroom with shower facilities. The living room has a … More: photo, rates and booking
Joglo Ago Villa

Located in 9 km from Merapi Volcano
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Rooms: 1
Joglo Ago Villa is a 10-minute drive from Merapi Volcano Museum and a 30-minute ride from Prambanan Temple and Adisucipto Airport. Yogyakarta Palace, … More: photo, rates and booking
Disaster Oasis Training Centre

Located in 10 km from Merapi Volcano
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Rooms: 31
The 2-bedroom cottages all come with a dining area and kitchenette. A private patio overlooks the hotel grounds. Bathrooms come with shower … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Borobudur Temple
27 km - Borobudur Temple
The Indian island of Java has a wonderful religious symbol. On the isterritorium is the beautiful Buddhist temple Borobudur. It was built in the beginning of the 9th century. The mythical Mount Meru served as a prototype for the temple building. The location of the …
90 km - Java
The settlement, located on the island of Java, is worth to be mentioned among the most extreme. Here, people literally live on a volcano. The island features the world famous Merapi volcano that is the most active of the 128 volcanoes in Indonesia. On average, the …
Museum of Smoking
92 km - Museum of Smoking
Although millions of people around the world report about the health damage from smoking and propagate the healthy lifestyle, there is the incredibly interesting museum of smoking in the Indonesian town of Kudus. The emergence of this cultural institution in Indonesia …
Cemoro Lawang Town
280 km - Cemoro Lawang Town
One of the smallest and most beautiful towns in Indonesia is Cemoro Lawang. The town is located close to the volcano Bromo, to which it owes its fame. Tourists visit the  town in the framework of sightseeing tours across the surrounding area. Many travelers stay here …
Argo Gede Train Railroad
321 km - Argo Gede Train Railroad
Extremely popular with the tourists is the Indonesian train Argo Gede that travels back and forth between Bandung and Jakarta. The route cuts through the incredibly beautiful places, passengers can enjoy vast tea plantations and mountain scenery during their trip, as …
Gunung Padang
378 km - Gunung Padang
On the island Java in Indonesia is the mysterious Gunung Padang pyramid. For many years the pyramid was hidden under the soil layer of the Pandang Mountain. The local population thought that the mountain was of natural origin, and had cultivated it diligently and the …

Top destination around Merapi Volcano - Java

Various entertainment and recreation options are available to guests of the island. Here there are attractive villages perfectly suitable for a relaxing vacation and major cities with an abundance of shops and entertainment venues. Enchanting beaches, sports centers and unique natural reserves suitable for long walks make the choice of entertainment options really rich.
The famous Ragunan Zoo is in the capital; it would be interesting for both younger guests and their parents, as there is a rich collection of the local fauna. Tours around the zoo are very interesting and informative. The most popular entertainment complex of the capital is Taman Ismail Marzuki; it has become a permanent venue for various cultural events. There are game rooms, attractive restaurants and cozy seating areas.

Fans of spending time outdoors would like Jaya Ancol park, where a variety of rides is just huge. It is a suitable place to stay for both fans of thrill and for the youngest guests. Tourists who plan to go Bogor should definitely visit the local botanical garden, Kebun Raya. You won’t find such a variety of beautiful plants and flowers gathered in one place anywhere else on the island.
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