We reached Banyuwangi at 7 pm and headed straight to our Airbnb. Ibu Hjanies was an excellent host. I would strongly recommend staying here. One can either take a scooter to Ijen hike starting point or book a jeep (at 6,00,000 IDR). We took the jeep and started towards the crater after picking up Julia and Marissa at around 12 30 am. We reached the starting point at around 1 30 am. Every non-Indonesian has to purchase a ticket to enter the hike (at 3,00,000 IDR per head). We got them and started hiking in the dark with loads of other people at 2 am. It is a 1.5 hour hike which takes you to the top of the crater, where you can start smelling sulphur.