Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Cartagena: Hours, Address, Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) Reviews: 4/5

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
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Johanna
5 contributions
MUST DO!
Apr 2021 • Family
There isn’t an itinerary listed so here it is:

- Pick you up at your hotel
- drive to the volcano
- enter mud volcano + rinse off in nearby lake area
(there are lockers, bathrooms and open showers)
- visit salt ocean where the salt crystalizes
- eat at delicious restaurant (chicken or fish)
- drop off at hotel

When you enter the mud volcano there are men there that will massage you (they do not touch you inappropriately and work on tips)

You give your phone to a man who will take al the photos and videos you wish for tips

It was an absolute wonderful tour, so much to do and a once in a lifetime experience!

**I suggest not wearing a super nice bathing suit, my bathing suit turned from a nice red to a dark burgundy, a girl’s bathing suit was originally yellow and turned green from the mud**

Bring sandals not sneakers or else you will be walking down to the lake on hard rocks

Also bring small bills to tip the massage/phone guys, they live off of this!
Written April 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elaine M
7 contributions
So cool
Feb 2020 • Solo
The mud volcano is so cool! I went on my own (had my hotel front desk arrange a driver - not expensive) which was way better than with a tour as there weren't very many people there. The mud pit is very small. It feels like you're suspended in pudding, super wild. When you get there, leave everything in the car, including your shoes and towel, except your phone/camera. Otherwise someone will want a tip for watching your shoes while you're in the mud pit. You'll go up the stairs to the mud pit, get massaged and hang out, then go into the lake where a lady will wash you off. You will be expected to tip this lady and your guide - about $2 each, per person. (Don't worry about bringing money to the lake/mud pit, they'll come find you after you dry off.) There are changing stalls for afterwards. If you go on your own bring money for the entrance fee. They also sell snacks and beers etc there.
Written April 13, 2020
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Terri
Baltimore, MD26 contributions
Better Then The Spa Mud Bath
Nov 2019
I loved this experience. Me and my friends climb the steps and got the best mud bath I ever had. The locals were very nice and carried all our belongings and took pictures for us. Once I got in the mud, I got a massage and it was heaven. After we got out we went down to the river and got washed off. It was an experience I will never forget and if you visit Cartagena. You have to take this tour.
Written March 2, 2020
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Nicole C
Brooklyn, NY22 contributions
unique experience but would pass
Feb 2020
The volcano itself was extremely over crowded, not well organized, and there was poor time management on behalf of the staff over who was in charge of how long people were in the mud. It was also extremely dangerous trying to get down from the volcano covered in slippery mud.
Written February 25, 2020
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lucianoferro61
Savona, Italy554 contributions
Wild experience
Feb 2020
a fantastic excursion in a wild environment among the òocal people where you can live the emotions of other travelers!
Written February 24, 2020
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WT6856
25 contributions
Real waste of time and money
Feb 2020
It's just a tourist trap for non-Colombians. You spend an hour getting there, then waiting in the baking sun for another hour to get to the top of the mud volcano, only to spend about 5-10 minutes inside the mud packed in with other people. Then another hour to wash off in the lake. You get charged at every step of the process...to give you a "massage" in the mud, which is pointless, then for someone to guard your slippers, and then for someone to wash you off. There are no therapeutic benefits to any of this. Nobody is in control at the top of the volcano, so if you get a group of self-centered people (like the Mexicans who were there on the day I went), they'll take half an hour in the mud and think nothing of it while 100 other people are waiting on line for their turn. Take my advice...skip it.
Written February 18, 2020
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Canadians at large
Halifax, Canada22 contributions
Mud
Feb 2020 • Friends
We have a car and drove to the pink sea first.
We arrived at the site and immediately had someone directing us. The cost to get in the mud was 10000 each but be prepared to pay alot more. At the end we had paid 25000 each
I had no problem paying g but some of the money should go to repair the steps leading down and the ladder into the pit . Its unsafe ,slippery and in need of TLC.
Written February 12, 2020
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Don P
Beausejour, Canada19 contributions
Ultimate Mud Bath
Jan 2020
Duirng a vacation to Cartagena, we visited the mud volcano. It was definately a unique experience, the climb up was hot and wearing sunscreen is a must. The mud pit itself was refreshing and one of the site workers took plenty of photos of us while we "wallowed". Be careful on the climb down, some of the steps are deep and it can a little slippery. Once you get down, its off the lake nearby to get a good rinse.
Written February 5, 2020
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Michael S
Ruther Glen, VA45 contributions
Unique experience
Jan 2020
This adventure is about 45 minutes out of town. You climb up steps and then get into this mud volcano where you cannot sink along with 40 of your now closest friends since you land up entwining limbs with people you never knew before. The mud is pretty much body temperature and feels very nice. There are locals who make their livings there by taking your photos, massaging you with the mud, and then cleaning you off afterwards in the river. I am glad we did it once, but don't think that I would do it again.
Written January 30, 2020
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steddyeddyuk .
Greater Manchester, UK303 contributions
Mud, slide, slim!
Nov 2019
This is a very unusual "attraction". It is quaintly old-fashioned in as much as it has been bypassed by commercialism. There is no admission fee, but there will be a hands-out for money by the "staff" at the end of your visit - the masseurs, the mud-wipers, the photographers (who use your own cameras/smartphones).

For starters, don't be concerned that a local takes your camera or phone from you. Firstly, you need both hands to climb up to and then descend from the "volcano", and secondly, you can't photograph your friends or family when you are covered in mud while trying to stay upright in metres of mud (it is impossible to sink!).

It is very weird. It is so hard to put your feet down, but the helpers will keep you the right way up (they get in with you) as well as massage you with the mud, which having suffered from mosquito bites was just a total relief!

Be warned. It is all very basic. The steps up (and down) are hardened mud with wooded slats to keep them in place. Also, the steps into the volcano of mud are just bare wood which are hard on the feet.

When you are finished you are escorted down to the water front where you will be instructed to remove your swimwear (worry not, no on can see your private essentials) and some very grandmotherly ladies will give you a clean rag down and squeeze out your muddy costume. A lovely senior gentleman from the 'staff' lent Mrs Steddyeddy his Crocs to walk down the gravel path to the washing area, guiding her all the way. Customer service par excellence! Then it's on to a beer or lemonade in a very rudimentary outside bar. Be warned though, there are no toilet or washing facilities.

The locals who run this experience are very friendly and very helpful. There being no formal admission fee, just tip them what you think they deserve at the end.

Try and get there by any means but a tourist-type tour bus if you can! If there are 4 of you, it will probably work out far cheaper to take your life in your hands and rent a car for the day, as you can then drive around. The famous Emerald Sea is only a bout an hour away, and again, a tour bus will lay on the costs whereas there is just a small admission charge. And all these places are easily found on "Waze".

A very bizarre must-do day.
Written December 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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