Guided tour

Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

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71 reviews

Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

Activity provider: Backpackers Cartagena
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From US$ 24.37 per person

Climb inside one of the world's smallest volcanos and enjoy a relaxing soak in the warm mud. Experience the healing properties of the mineral-infused mud while having fun at the Totumo Volcano.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel lobby


  • Immerse yourself in a mineral-infused mud volcano
  • Experience something unique during your holiday in Colombia
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views as you soak up the volcanic atmosphere
Full description
As the minivan leaves town, hear some curious facts about Cartagena history and some tips to ensure a better experience at the mud volcano. The trip to Santa Catalina, another beautiful Colombian city and the location of the volcano, lasts around 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the volcanic zone, be greeted by the owner of a small nearby restaurant. Then, prepare for a unique experience as you climb the 50 steps that surround the volcano; remember to wear old clothing as the mud can be rough on delicate materials. Immerse yourself in the volcanic mud, reaping the health benefits for your skin from the millions of minerals. Some people say afterward, you'll appear 10 years younger. Inside the volcano, you can float thanks to the high number of minerals present. There will be some locals around offering massages for an extra price of 2 USD. Outside of the volcano, pay to get your photo taken for another 2 USD. When the soaking is over, head to the lake for a shower. Before continuing back to the city, enjoy a typical snack in a rustic restaurant. Get dropped off at your hotel.
  • Ticket to the mud volcano
  • Typical snack
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Massage (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 71 reviews

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My favorite experience to date! Jose was our tour guide, he was great! Spoke Spanish and English, he was very helpful. Once we got there we went straight to the volcano, climbed about 25 steps to the top and got in. There are village men in the bath that help you in and also give everyone a brief massage, which feels amazing. The density of the mud pushes you up, so their help is paramount afterwards we climb back down and go down the walkway to the lake where the village women rinse the mud off of you, which also feels great. Once you’re washed up, you get to eat an empanada; I would say the best empanadas I had on my trip, from Santandel. He was a very gracious host and I will be thinking about those empanadas forever. After that, we headed back to our hotel. Overall 10/10 magical experience. I would a thousand times do it again.

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May 14, 2022

our guides name was Franklin and pur driver Luis. Definitely do this tour and request them. they were fabulous. on the drive Franklin have us all these facts about colombia and the volcano. he said it in spanish and English so it was good foe everyone on the tour. Luis was kind enough to take pics of us and them send them to us. and the guy where u put ypur bags while u go in the volcano Mr. Santander was such a sweet guy. he gave us empanadas and they were sokoooo good. very sweet and so proud of his establishment.

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March 12, 2022

Uma operadora com excelente organização e atenção aos detalhes conta muito quando você está fora de sua terra natal. Canais de atendimento, confirmação na véspera e atenção dos guias. Tudo perfeito! O passeio é bem divertido e interessante. Vale a pena conhecer e se banhar na lama do vulcão. Leve sua toalha e tenha em conta que a comunidade local é humilde, a infraestrutura é bem básica (ou menos que isso)

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January 18, 2022

Product ID: 323228