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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #20 of 41 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Spas, Volcanos
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I find it hard to believe the Lonely Planet lists this as an attraction to visit...wait, I believe the words they actually used were 'frolic in'. The 'volcano' looks like a man made mud hill that you might see in someone's smallholding backyard. Upon climbing the steps and looking into the crater it takes on more of the appearance of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'm a Colombian but my boyfriend is from New Zealand and I wanted to take to Colombia , we visited this place and really enjoyed it , it was very different but fun and relaxing I will recommend this for sure , it needs a little maintenance around the place but the whole experience was very enjoyable ;) My boyfriend... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I was definitely entertained by the whole experience. It is a bit cheesy, but it was a funny photo op. I booked a tour through my hostel. Upon arrival, you lock your things... don't bring much, just a towel, some small bills, camera and wear old clothes. Then everybody gives their camera to the "photographer", follow the group to the... More

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Dublin
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A lot of people asked me after, "so, what was it like"? The only word I can describe this as would be...weird... Its definately worth doing, if only for to experience it but now that Ive done it once I wouldnt feel the need to do something like that again. Basically you change into your bathing suit (wear and old/... More

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Brewster, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

You travel up rickety stairs and stone, and then climb down a rickety ladder to the inside of this former volcano. It is now a mud bath. Inside the volcano, two aides give you a massage (which you will pay for later). You CANNOT sink in the mud - it is very buoyant, much like the Great Salt Lake. Also,... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was a very strange feeling climbing down into a mud pit....slopping around with lots of people you don't know but soon do...very hard to stay upright if someone bumps you ...a little hard to climb out of the pit...but loved it...wear an old swim suit I needed to throw mine away after this trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This place was awesome. Mud was dense and you float around. 4 not 5 stars bc of safety. The stairs are muddy and slippery. Be careful! Otherwise, enjoy the views at the top of the volcano, go in and float around. Massage wasn't for me. At the end, go get washed off. The bathing ladies know what they are doing.... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

So was warned about this and that you have to immerse yourself in what happens. Mud bath was different but totally worth it! If you have the opportunity do this it doesn't cost much even of you go through a company and it's definitely a great laugh once it's all done! The wash is the most odd with old women... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Visiting the mud volcano is interesting but shouldn't be your top priority when in Cartagena. We made our own way there (instructions below) in order to beat the crowds of people and the result was a slimy but unique experience. We had the mud all to ourselves- except of course for the six guys standing around to offer massages, photos,... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place blew my mind a little bit. There isn't much to do there, but it was very unique and authentic. Don't bother to purchase the bottled mud the locals try to haggle u for, that's just silly. It's a great, squishy, fun time once you get in the "volcano". It definitely brings out the kid in you. The view... More

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