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The Totumo Volcano

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    Stop At: Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Santa Catalina, Caribe Colombiano, Cartagena Colombia

    According to the legend, a monk let a drop of holy water fall into a volcano full of lava; as a result, the lava softened and became a thick, soft mud, with de-stressing and rejuvenating powers.

    At approximately one hour away from Cartagena, you will find one of the major touristic attractions of the Colombian Caribbean area, the exotic and natural marvel, Totumo Volcano. Take the time to admire the tropical landscape of Bolivar on the way to this location.

    The volcano and the very special Caribbean swamp landscape that surrounds it, make this peculiar geographical formation a must see experience in Cartagena. Once at the site of the volcano, climb the rustic wooden stairs and get ready for the highlight of the day. Once you enter the Totumo volcano you will feel like you’re floating mid-air, because of the smoothness and density of the mud. It is physically impossible to sink into it. At the top of the small volcano, you will not only enjoy the warm mud bath, but also the panoramic view over the Santa Catalina region.

    When you leave, you can get a massage done by the locals or go swimming into the calm surrounding lagoon and get the mud off. Afterwards, you can enjoy a typical lunch in the surrounding kiosks, typically consisting of fried fish and fried plantain (not included in tour price). After a perfect closing to this day tour with a delightful lunch, you will have the opportunity to take the last look of the Totumo volcano and get ready to head back. You will return to Cartagena feeling new and improved thanks to the healing and soothing properties of the volcano and its amazing surrounding landscape.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Visiting the volcano and doing the whole experience is a short tourist trap but well worth it. Went early in the morning with a tour group it wasn’t busy so we could stay for awhile. Take a towel, lots of 5000 bills to tip the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank FK311
    IMPULSEstaff, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    ¡Hi there! Thanks for let us know your comments about your experience in the Totumo Volcano, it's very important for us to know our customer's feels. The Totumo Volcano is a must see spot if you're in Cartagena, it's a different experience to escape from...More

    Reviewed 30 August 2018

    its a bit of a drive to get there, and whaen you get there its not much...BUT, theres a small volcanic mound when you get there that has steps (for the physically challenged take that into consideration) ad when you get to the top, you...More

    Date of experience: September 2017
    Thank Brandon C
    Paula D, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

    Hi Brandon, Thank you very much for taking a time to write us your comments. We are glad to know you enjoyed the visit to the Totumo Volcano, thank you very much for writing such a detailed description of your experience. It is definitely one...More

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