Mud Bath VolcanoOn our first weekend, my North American colleagues and I decided to go to Cartagena. I will write more about that later. On the way to Cartagena we stopped by a “mud volcano” called Volcan Totumo. At first it just kind of reminded me of a large termite hill and didn’t look very impressive. Oh, but just wait.
volcan totumo entrance
First of all our “mud guides” helped us in, and then they lined us up like 4 cadavers. They then proceeded to give us mud massages and every once in a while would remove mud from our ears and lips, which was necessary. They were floating just like us and told us that the volcano was 2,300 meters deep! It really only smelled of clay like a ceramics studio, not the sulfur smell that hot springs have. The mud was about body temperature or slightly cooler, not molten lava. I loved it!
laughing, not screaming
There were guys taking pictures and the others who massaged us while we relaxed and cracked up for about 30-40 minutes. Just as we were about to be taken down to the lake to be washed off by the ridiculously beautiful local women, we saw the approaching tour bus…and then another. As we had had a relaxing and lengthy experience these people got about 5 minutes of time in the mud and I doubt they even got massages. Our whole mud volcano episode, including tips, cost about $10. I am certain I will return, and if any of you visit me, we’ll be sure to go.