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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

1,461 Reviews

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

1,461 Reviews
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Enjoy a fascinating 4-hour exploration of Cartagena’s top attractions during this shore excursion designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. Join a local guide to check out Cartagena sights including the striking architecture in the Manga neighborhood and see the colonial San Felipe Fortress. You’ll also have shopping time at Las Bovedas, take a walking tour of the old city and learn about Colombia’s emerald industry at the Emerald Museum. This shore excursion also covers transport by air-conditioned vehicle, bottled water and entrance at the monastery and the Saint Peter Claver Church and Museum.
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Elaine M wrote a review Apr 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Terri wrote a review Mar 2020
Baltimore, Maryland26 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Nicole C wrote a review Feb 2020
Brooklyn, New York13 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
lucianoferro61 wrote a review Feb 2020
Savona, Italy558 contributions111 helpful votes
a fantastic excursion in a wild environment among the òocal people where you can live the emotions of other travelers!
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Date of experience: February 2020
WT6856 wrote a review Feb 2020
23 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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