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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  • August 11, 2017
    Personally is an activity very ritual turistica, being within the mud is a different feeling, only delay within 15 min approx, then that sales are going to a lagoon to take off the mud, but after that felt ride boring because there is more nothing to do.
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  • August 10, 2017
    You should go dressed in clothes that already vauas to discard literally float in the thick mud, is a rare feeling, but you have to live it.
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  • August 7, 2017
    I thought this was definitely a cool experience unlike anything you might ever do. There are a set of different people doing things for you - maseusse, photographer (with your camera), ladies that was...  more »

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