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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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Dublin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

+ fantastic experience to float in the mud, especially if the sun shines. The tour guide watched our stuff and for 3000 COP you get some nice pics. We could spend half an hour in the mud and afterwards we could wash ourselves in a lake close to the vulcano. We had a fantastic, healthy lunch with coco rice, salad,... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Why go? Join the hoards of Colombians seeking the healing powers of the mud Volcano. It's a once in a lifetime experience and great for your skin! Who to book with? The reason I booked with this company (booked through Cartagena Connections) is because as far as I understand it's one of the few companies that you get access to... More

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Cali, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Friendly welcome by the local people who manage this site themselves. At the moment the level of the mud in the volcano is very low due to low rainfall so you have to climb in, which could be a bit intimidating for some, but it is worth it. Lovely little massage from the locals! Great fun

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