Volcan de Lodo El Totumo
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Take a slippery staircase up a small hill to reach the pit of this active mud volcano and float in the viscous volcanic mud said to have healing properties. Get some great photos taken of you, enjoy a massage, and you’ll get all the help you need to clean the mud off at the end. Prepare small notes as you are expected to tip. Wear a bathing suit and footwear that you’re happy to get dirty, as the mud can stain and may impart a lingering and unpleasant smell. Most people visit as part of a day tour or by taxi from Cartagena. – Tripadvisor
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  • simonsmidt
    Brussels, Belgium677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When you are in the neighbourhood (Cartagena)
    The title suggest that we were staying in Cartagena and took one of the many organised trips to this mud-vulcano. We didn't do that. We rented a car because we were heading for Santa Marta and beyond. We left Cartagena around 10 am making us arrive just at the time when the first bus load of tourists on an organised trip were about to finish, and were coming down the steps covered in mud. After that we bought (haggled) the tickets for 20k per person. When you go up you also want to document it, so you 'rent' one of the boys hanging around to take your camera, towel and car keys. They take good care of it, don't worry, and will make lots of pictures. Just make sure that your phone camera is unlocked because once you are in the mud and your face is covered with it your camera might have difficulty to do face recognition :)) We were lucky that we were the only ones in the mud pit and were enjoying it for about 5-7 minutes before others came in. We got out and walked down to the lake where you can wash yourself. You will be accompanied by a lady who wants to rinse you clean. You may ignore them or choose to support them by allowing it. So, if you are around just do this! You'll like it, specially if you are coming around 11 am, just after the first bunch.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Sholas007
    New Orleans, Louisiana146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What You Need to Know about the Volcano Mudbath!
    Now this was a fascinating experience. There is a geothermal mud bath that is an experience unlike anything I have ever done. The mud was warm, not hot, and there was no odor. It looks like everyone is sitting on a platform, but in truth there density of the slurry causes everyone to float and it is literally impossible to sink. I recommend going with a personal valet that then contracts with a guide at the attraction to walk you and your party through the experience. That valet can also make arrangements for lunch. This will save the confusion of trying to make arrangements ala carte. They also can watch your belongings while you are at the attraction as all you can take in is your swimsuit. No hats, glasses, jewelry, cases, etc. You need a guide at the attraction as this person will take the camera or phone of one person in the group and take video and pics. They will also help you up and guide you down some pretty precarious stairs. A few things to remember: there are persons in the mud bath that literally help you move around and offer quick massages. They also help you get in/out, and scrape off the excess mud before you leave. Once one is done with the mud bath, you walk to the river and women help you wash off all the mud. If your are comfy and sit low in the water, they will even rinse out your swim wear. The guide, the aid in the volcano mud and the washing ladies all need to be tipped for their services. So even if you pay for valet in advance to coordinate your trip, you will need some Colombian pesos in cash (plata en effectivo) for these tips. The food offerings were tasty. There are also places to shower and change clothes, but unless you are accustomed to rural settings with simple accommodations, those options may be a challenge for some. Also, the fact that one is touched (in a non-intimate way) by strangers must be noted. I loved the option. My travel companion was more reticent. In the end, I recommend it as a worthwhile trip about 45-60 minutes outside of Cartagena.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Kawanda S-Pryor
    New York City, New York124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okaaaaaay! I'll do it again...maybe?
    As part of a 50th birthday trip to Cartegena, 9 of us went to El Totumo and had a great experience buuut boy was it a lil scary. So my 1st experience at a mud volcano was in St. Lucia which had a few spots (large and small) where you could get in the mud and people to assist. Welp, with this experience, we were picked up at our Airbnb and our guide was funny, knowledgeable and made sure we knew what to expect. From tipping (WAIT til the end and you are on the bus folks) to making sure we had snacks and beverages after it was over. Sooooo, as you walk up the rickety stairs and area which might make you question your decision, you are lead to a rickety ladder that takes you down into the mud. Only one spot for this. Probably holds 10-15 people. There are people in the mud that will move other people over, massage you and cover you in mud! They have people who take your pics which was needed! Once you are done, you come down the stairs on the other side and are led to a river. This is where the FUN? begins. As you are led to the river and into the water, you are THOROUGHLY...let me write that again. THOROUGHLY cleaned! From there, you have your empanada, beverage and you go back to your bus. They also give you an opportunity to purchase some of the mud. Wish I did that though!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 February 2024
  • Tino G
    San Antonio, Texas50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Now I can say that I've had a mud bath in a volcano.
    We did this as a side trip from Cartagena. It was recommended to arrive early to avoid waiting in long lines in the sun, so we left Cartagena at around 6:30 am and we were the first to arrive. Six of us went up to the top, 3 adults and 3 teen and preteen kids. It was a strange sensation, like swimming in Jello or pudding. The mud was cool-ish, with pockets of cold and hot mud. We stayed in the mud for about 15 minutes and were joined by one other group. Otherwise we had the 12 foot x 12 foot pool space to ourselves. The wash in the lake was thorough, although the path was a bit slippery. We were advised to tip $7,000 to each lady who helped rinse us off. There are a few different businesses there, with bathroom access where we changed clothes for the ride back.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2024
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WT6856
31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 18 February 2020
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Tino G
San Antonio, TX50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We did this as a side trip from Cartagena. It was recommended to arrive early to avoid waiting in long lines in the sun, so we left Cartagena at around 6:30 am and we were the first to arrive. Six of us went up to the top, 3 adults and 3 teen and preteen kids. It was a strange sensation, like swimming in Jello or pudding. The mud was cool-ish, with pockets of cold and hot mud. We stayed in the mud for about 15 minutes and were joined by one other group. Otherwise we had the 12 foot x 12 foot pool space to ourselves.

The wash in the lake was thorough, although the path was a bit slippery. We were advised to tip $7,000 to each lady who helped rinse us off.

There are a few different businesses there, with bathroom access where we changed clothes for the ride back.
Written 11 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

34618alsr
Sarasota, FL25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Quite an entertaining day trip, with the caveat that this is not, in fact, a volcano, but a mound enclosing a box filled with very soothing liquid clay. Floating in the clay was a lot of fun, and it definitely softened and soothed our skin. The nearby warm lagoon was a great way to restore ourselves to a presentable level. I would recommend wearing black - one of the women on our tour wore a sports bra and running shorts, and that is probably what I would wear next time, although everything seemed to wash out pretty well. Lots of people get involved with your care and remind you to tip them; our guide, Nicher, helped by collecting the tips and giving them to one village woman to handle the distribution.
Written 2 July 2023
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simonsmidt
Brussels, Belgium677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The title suggest that we were staying in Cartagena and took one of the many organised trips to this mud-vulcano. We didn't do that. We rented a car because we were heading for Santa Marta and beyond. We left Cartagena around 10 am making us arrive just at the time when the first bus load of tourists on an organised trip were about to finish, and were coming down the steps covered in mud. After that we bought (haggled) the tickets for 20k per person. When you go up you also want to document it, so you 'rent' one of the boys hanging around to take your camera, towel and car keys. They take good care of it, don't worry, and will make lots of pictures. Just make sure that your phone camera is unlocked because once you are in the mud and your face is covered with it your camera might have difficulty to do face recognition :)) We were lucky that we were the only ones in the mud pit and were enjoying it for about 5-7 minutes before others came in. We got out and walked down to the lake where you can wash yourself. You will be accompanied by a lady who wants to rinse you clean. You may ignore them or choose to support them by allowing it.
So, if you are around just do this! You'll like it, specially if you are coming around 11 am, just after the first bunch.
Written 7 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kawanda S-Pryor
New York City, NY124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
As part of a 50th birthday trip to Cartegena, 9 of us went to El Totumo and had a great experience buuut boy was it a lil scary. So my 1st experience at a mud volcano was in St. Lucia which had a few spots (large and small) where you could get in the mud and people to assist. Welp, with this experience, we were picked up at our Airbnb and our guide was funny, knowledgeable and made sure we knew what to expect. From tipping (WAIT til the end and you are on the bus folks) to making sure we had snacks and beverages after it was over.
Sooooo, as you walk up the rickety stairs and area which might make you question your decision, you are lead to a rickety ladder that takes you down into the mud. Only one spot for this. Probably holds 10-15 people. There are people in the mud that will move other people over, massage you and cover you in mud! They have people who take your pics which was needed! Once you are done, you come down the stairs on the other side and are led to a river. This is where the FUN? begins. As you are led to the river and into the water, you are THOROUGHLY...let me write that again. THOROUGHLY cleaned!
From there, you have your empanada, beverage and you go back to your bus. They also give you an opportunity to purchase some of the mud. Wish I did that though!
Written 29 February 2024
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Angela M
Paintsville, KY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Gilberto was excellent and this is a one of a kind CAN NOT be missed excursion. The private excursion was worth every bit over the group tour as he watched over us and made sure there was no wait and we were extremely happy with the experience. You do not want to do this with a large group. Gilberto all the way!!!!
Written 14 April 2023
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jorge
Vina del Mar, Chile4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
This is absolutely amazing. Great place to visit for a couple of hours. *you need to make sure if the tour has Mansanillo beach included*

The only cons is that people there is way too insistent on askig for tips. *you need to give tips separately to the picture taker guy, to the mud massage guy, to the body cleansing lady and even the boy that takea your shoos from one spot to another*
Written 14 March 2022
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Vickie W
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We went by ourselves instead of a tour group. There was no one else there, which was good as we didn't have to wait, but bad because everybody came at us to "help us" with our adventure. It is a "nickel and dime"place, and they will do anything to separate your from your money, so if you are on a tight budget, you may think twice about going.
The mud was very low, and we had to climb down some very slippery steps to get into and out of the mud. My shoulder is still a little sore from the pulling up to get out.
My recommendation is to go with a group, but then you will have to wait to get into the mud. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. You can opt for a shower(for a price, of course), which is what we did instead of the lagoon
Written 19 March 2023
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Michael S
Ruther Glen, VA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 January 2020
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Falguni S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Unique experience for sure ! Go early in morning if you want to avoid heat. There are people there who help ( and you will need help as the ladder is slippery ). They do keep your belongings with them including camera with them but in your sight to take your pics with. Leave your wallet and any other belongings in the car. The mud bath itself is fun but beware of being splashed if there are too many people in it together. Wasn’t too happy about clean up after in stagnant water pond . There are helpers in the pond as well and feels a bit weird having them touch and bathe you. There are shower facilities but we didn’t use them. Overall a unique once in a lifetime experience .
Written 1 July 2023
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