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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  • The volcano has only 4 meters of diameter. About 2300 meters deep, you jump into the mud and floats...  more »
  • This volcano is by the amount of sludge that are in it. The problem is that it is very small and is full of tourists therefore have to do row of approx 20 min to enter. There are people who make you massages and charge you COP 4,000, also there is a boy who takes pictures with your camera and also COP 4,000 cobra, then bath you must go to a Lake to take off the mud, there are a few young children to swim, and of course they charge you COP 4,000
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  • The volcano is a natural attraction, where you can dive and stay floating in the mud, thanks to its chemical and natural characteristics. It is a rustic place, you will not find all the comforts, however, if you like the adventure you can enjoy it to the fullest. Don't forget to take your picture in the mud!
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