Volcano de Lodo el Totumo
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 74%Local Culture
- 56%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- Volcano de Lodo el TotumoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Feb 19, 2014
Definitely my highlight of the trip! Long line, but interesting experience of being covered in mud. My tour included a nice lunch by the beach where you could finish getting the mud offRecommended for:
- Volcano de Lodo el TotumoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 28, 2013
This place was such a trip. Volcano de Lodo el Totumo is a volcano shooting sprouts of mud out in the middle of a random village outside of Cartagena. Local villagers, who I assume don't have an extensive background in massage therapy, lathers you in mud, while you're in the volcano. Afterwards, you head down to a lake and wash off the mud. Despite the strangeness of the experience, it was unique and surprisingly fun.Recommended for:
- Volcano de Lodo el TotumoJul 04, 2012
According to myth, El Volcan Totumo was once an active volcano, but when a priest sprinkled holy water over it, it started oozing mud instead of fire. The volcano itself is not very large, and looks a bit like a giant termite mound. You walk up the wooden stairs and down into a pit of warm, goopy mud. It's so buoyant that you can't sink or even swim properly, but just sort of float around. Overall, it's one of the weirdest things I've ever experienced.
Totumo is definitely a tourist spot, and you have to buy into the fact that the locals run the show. They help you in, massage you a bit, take photos of you with your camera, and then steer you over to make room for the next guy. After you've soaked for awhile, they help you out and then direct you to the nearby lagoon, where local women help wash off all the mud. Bring small bills to tip everyone after it's all over. There are also restaurants and bars in the area in case you want to relax with some coconut water before heading back.
Key tip: Go before 10am to beat the tourist buses that leave Cartagena at 9am. The volcano is not very large, and it can get very full when a crowd arrives. A taxi ride from the center of Cartagena takes about half an hour.