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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #21 of 41 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Spas, Volcanos
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Here is a movie to get an idea of what it's (sort of) like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMJptvosZM4 It looks like this from the outside. However, the mud level is probably 15-20 feet lower than this. So you climb down many rungs on the ladder to get to the mud. You don't get to look at the view when you're in the mud... More

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South FL, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is not everyone’s cup of tea and I think my wife enjoyed it a bit more than I did. That said I think if you are in Cartagena and have some time it is worth the visit. My suggestion is to do a private tour rather than go with a large tour group. My wife and I booked a... More

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New York City, New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

After a 45 minute drive from Cartagena we arrived at this oversized ant hill. You strip down to your bathing suit and climb up stairs. While waiting for others to leave the tiny mud hole, you realize structurally this is unsafe. Anyhow, the group we were with were laughing so hard that it made it quite the entertaining 15 minutes.... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was definitely a unique experience. Note: This activity is not for germaphobes. My friends and I were told there was a volcano you could take a mud bath in. How could we say no? When we showed up we were a tad bit disappointed in the size of this "volcano" but we drove over an hour to get there... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

As a writer and lifestyle entrepreneur, I spend most of the year travelling the world and still, I found this amazing natural wonder to be a fantastic experience. Certainly our favourite thing in the Cartagena area. I have no idea how someone could rank this as "bad", unless of course they are one of those people that find things like... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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