Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Cartagena

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Take a rejuvenating dip into the pool of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), one of Colombia's dirtiest--but healthiest--attractions. According to legend, the 15 m (49 ft) mound was once a proper volcano, spewing lava and frightening the villagers. In order to protect his flock from the obvious work of the Devil, a local priest sprinkled the crater with some holy water, turning it instantly into a mud pool. Today, the volcano's claim to fame is the therapeutic properties of its mud, which attracts huge numbers of tourists. Access the mud pool via a staircase. Consider getting a massage from one of the pool's attendants, or just head straight for the mud. Follow up with a bath in the nearby river, where another group of attendants can help you rinse off. Many hotels and hostels in Cartagena offer organized tours to the volcano. Work out when and for how long to visit Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) and other Cartagena attractions using our handy Cartagena travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Cartagena

Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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  • This place is interesting to say the least and definitely worth the 50,000 pesos for the trip. The ride out to the volcano can be quite long. We opted for the half day trip that left at 1:30 instead o...  more »
  • The very last thing I did on my trip to Colombia was a trip to Totumo, and it was also one of the most memorable experiences I had. I booked a tour with Cartagena Connections, who arranged everything ...  more »
  • We went on the half day tour offered by Ecotourism. 50000cop. It was the afternoon tour so no lunch. We left at 2 and were back by 6. When you get there you will put all your stuff into a locker excep...  more »