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. Arrange your visit to Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cartagena using our Cartagena trip planner .
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  • My partner and I were staying at an AirBnb so we booked our Mud Volcano tour through a local hotel. We were picked up by the tour company called Ruta Ecologica at 830am at the hotel in a large minivan...  more »
  • I went here once. It was a very interesting experience. I was not prepared for the event, so I did have a few issues. You have to climb steps to get the the bath. Once there, there are people to help ...  more »
  • It is a different, fun attraction, fun me, only thing wrong charge to be able to take a photo, that made me wrong.
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  • The people are extremely friendly. It's best to come at the end of the day as it is less crowded. There is a small fee to get in and if you'd like you can also get a rub. All together about 20000 pesos per person
  • It's definitely a whole different experience! My sisters and I had so much fun! Went into the mouth of the volcano and enjoyed the mud all over our skin! We were floating!!! After we rinsed off...my skin was so soft!! It was great!
  • To relax and clean the skin it is perfect. Just be sure to ask everything that the locals offer you because nothing is for free.
  • Funny trip to the Volcan. However, you might end up paying more than you expect if you play along with the locals who offer their "help". Be sure to tell them "no" in a friendly way, and they will leave you be.
  • An experience unlike any other. I would highly highly recommend a day trip here from Cartagena. Make sure to go in the afternoon tour because its shorter and you can avoid the crowds.

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