20 Places That Look Like They’re From Another Planet


Bromo Volcano, East Java, Indonesia

Bromo Volcano, East Java, Indonesia

The Bromo Volcano is a surreal-looking landscape set on the island of Java, a few hours plane away from mainland Indonesia. The most impressive view comes at sunrise where the peaks rise majestically from among the thick layer of white cloud. The name, Bromo, is derived from Brahma, the Hindu Creator God.

Standing tall in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, there’s no escaping Bromo’s brooding presence. Rising from the bare and barren plain, it towers.

You can reach it on foot or in a jeep, but those heading towards the spectacular slopes should always exercise caution. Bromo is an active volcano, and eruptions are not uncommon. Consult a local guide before taking a trip, but don’t be put off. Rising from the so-called Sea of Sand, Bromo is a beacon — forever pointing the way to a different world that demands to be explored.