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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
Cartagena, Colombia
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Bucaramanga, Colombia
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“Weird!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is one of the oddest feelings I've ever experienced! If you've ever dreamed about floating in pancake batter, you better do this tour! Be sure to take a lot of small bills with you. Every person who helps you will want $1000-$3000 pesos. (Like $0.50-1.50 USD). They are pretty helpful when you are covered head to toe in mud. The massages in the mud feel great! I went with a tour group from my hostel, and they offered pick-up and drop-off service. They also included lunch at a beach. Overall it was wonderful!

Visited November 2012
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“Fun, and Muddy, and Weird!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

It's a 9-3pm affair, including volcano, lunch and beach. Booking trip through hotel, we paid $55,000COP per person, plus $5,000COP on site for photos and washing off. See if you can meet the bus somewhere and/or get dropped off earlier and walk to hotel rather than circling around bocagrande for extra half hour.
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We took a tour directly from our hotel in the old town - the van spent some time circling around, and going to Bocagrande to pick up more passengers and upgrade us all onto a bigger bus. From there, it was about an hour's ride to the volcano, during which time we saw much of the surrounding countryside, farms, and dire poverty, as compared to the shiny streets of Cartagena.

From all the reviews written about the volcano, I expected it to be teeming with tourists, but our bus was the first one there. After climbing the stairs on the side of the mud pit, you descend into the mud. It was fabulous, and sooo buoyant. I don't know how to swim, but my concern here was being unable to sink deeper into the mud, rather than the opposite.

I would highly recommend giving your camera to one of the guys working there, as you are not allowed to hang on to your own. For $3,000COP, they take many photos of you and your friends, and do an amazing job of keeping track which camera belongs to whom.

The half hour or 40min in the mud pit passed quickly, and there was only one other group in there with us. Then they assist you with de-mudding and getting out, after which you walk to the water, where the local women wash you off (for $2,000COP). Don't try to resist - it's futile, and you'll never be able to get all the mud off as well as they will.

After this, we were loaded back onto the bus and taken to Borraquilla for delicious fish soup and fried fish/plantanes/coconut rice for lunch. After which we had about an hour remaining free on the beach. Waters aren't blue but are clean and warm so we splashed around.

It was a great day and a really fun, cheap experience. Would highly recommend it and would do it again. I wish we'd had more time on the beach though, but seems like a few other tours we've taken also leave only an hour or two of free beach time.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Pay For The Dirt Bath in a Volcano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I wasn't freaked out by the fact that we were completely buoyant and had quite a time trying to balance ourselves in the mud. Nor was it the fact that there was mud smeared all in my honey pot (read: va-jay jay).

It wasn't even about the couple behind me, who (oddly) began to rub mud on me? (feeling on my tender cocoa morsels) But I think it was the camaraderie of it all. Yea, something about taking a dirt bath with 20+ strangers brought us together in a way that I never want to experience outside of that mud hole. But totally worth the $30 bucks

The ride is about 1hr 30min long The volcano is most likely man-made, can't say for sure, but the area is safe and propinas (tips) are required to be paid to the following people so be sure to bring your pesos.

300 pesos to tip - the guy who takes photos of you in the mud
300 pesos to tip - the guy who holds your shoes
300 pesos to tip - the ladies who bath the mud off your body in the nearby river
200 pesos to buy yourself a cold cerveza (beer) - optional

Do: pay the extra 35 pesos for lunch (fish or chicken)
Do: let the guys give you mud massage (it was not creepy at all & they are pros)
Do: where flip flops as they will be covered in mud while you make your way to the bathers
Do: Play like a 6yr old in the mud because mud baths don't happen often and heck, you paid for it!

Do not: do your hair (brazilian hair-straightening treatments be dammned! one girl found out the hard way)
Do not: be the dummy that brings and SLR camera (b/c those guys ain't trying to figure out how to work it)
Do not: wear any lose fitting items of clothing or you will be trying to cover your muddy booty when the bikini bottom slides off and flashes the whole pit as you climb out ( I can laugh about that now!)

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Visited December 2012
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“Bizarre, but surprisingly enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We went to the mud volcano today on a tour booked through our hostel (easy process). When we first arrived we weren't so sure about joining all of the bodies already down in the mud but once in we had a blast! It is hard to explain the sensation as you are suspended in the mud,but it certainly feels good! The local guys in there will give you a massage (we went with it, and it was actually quite nice and very cheap COP3000/person). You also have a guy who takes loads of photos on your camera for you (COP3000/ camera). When you waddle down to the lake to wash off there are ladies who wash you down, apparently this is optional but we were both grabbed and showered with water from bowls before we could say anything (COP3000). All of these costs were fine though for a very unique experience. The only thing we didn't like was the guy who charged COP2000 to wash our thongs (flip flops) without asking.

One big tip would be to bring lots of smaller notes as you pay each of these extras directly to the people involved and they often don't have change.

Visited March 2013
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“Must see if you like Ecotourism”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Me and two of my friends read about this place and decided to be adventurous about it. We didn't have high expectations but once we got there we were blown away by this place. First of all, getting the experience of bathing in mud is amazing for all of your senses. Second of all, showering in the river after you're done with the mud feels energizing and you really do feel different after this.

The only recommendation I have is to negotiate a price or a "package" with the locals before you take any of them (there's people that will give you a massage in the mud, others that will take care of your belongings, others that will take pictures with your camera and even a few ladies that will help you get clean in the nearby river)
If you negotiate the prices in advance you will avoid the uncomfortable moment after you're done where all of them are standing next to you waiting for their tip. If you ask them how much they want they'll say "it's up to you"- a normal tip is between $3,000-$5,000 pesos each.

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