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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

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Address: Cartagena, Colombia
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Unique, cool, worth it

This is a very unique experience. You float in the mud and get massaged. Relaxing and a nice little day trip from Cartagena. Be prepared though - have 2000 COP for bano, guy who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Tallinn, Estonia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I would not waste money on this attraction. There are so many people and it's very crowded. It supposed to have 20 min in the mud per person, but there are tourists waiting upstairs and you feel like to free the space for them. I was there maybe 5 minutes. They ask money for everything... To take pics with your... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very unique experience. You float in the mud and get massaged. Relaxing and a nice little day trip from Cartagena. Be prepared though - have 2000 COP for bano, guy who takes pics, guy who holds shoes, and woman who washes you afterwards. Have another 10000 COP for each massage. Once you are all washed, they all... More 

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We took a taxi early in the morning to beat the hordes of tour groups, and were so glad that we did! Arriving at 8:30am, there were only 3 other people in the volcano at the time. There were four of us, so by the time we split the cost of the taxi, it cost us less to go this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Such an amazing experience. Found this article describing the experience perfectly and you will go into it knowing exactly what to expect. http://busesandbackpackstravels.com/stories/volcan-de-lodo-el-totumo

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Wellington, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You definitely must include a trip to the mud volcano!! It is something that you will most likely not experience again in your life. The massage from the locals is awesome and maybe hard to believe but you do go home clean. Do not miss!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Terrible experience. This is literally a mud volcano, built by men, with some weird dudes looking forward to giving you a "massage". This was the grossest experience ever and would highly recommend you stay away from this awful place. Must point out the mud is full of worn band-aids, locks of hair and we even had the "pleasure" of seeing... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A trip out to a - quite literally - dirt-poor village and a dip and "massage" in the cool, dense, grey mud of the "volcano" will be one of the most unique experiences you'll ever have. A no-frills but fun and interesting experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Amazing once in a lifetime experience! Climb up a giant rickety wooden staircase to get into a gray mud bath inside of a giant termite looking mound. Great photo opportunities, the guys at the top will keep your camera / phone safe and take some pictures of you inside for a small tip. Took a taxi to the volcano, and... More 

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washington, dc
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I have a high tolerance for discomfort associated with experiences of a lifetime. And Volcan de Lodo is definitely one of those. It is not too far from Cartegena. The mud itself was interesting to immerse in. Washing it all off in the lagoon afterward was a pleasure. But the attendants' hands wandered way too much while performing "massage." And... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This isn't a real volcano from what I observed. It's man made. With this said, I enjoyed my experience here. I paid about 45,000 COP for the tour in the afternoon (doesn't include lunch) which included transportation from my hostel and entry to the sight. The most important thing to know about this trip is you can't take your own... More 

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