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Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

Activity provider: Backpackers Cartagena

Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

Activity provider: Backpackers Cartagena

From US$ 26.50 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

Discover the natural landscapes of Colombia on this guided excursion. Visit Santa Catalina, and bathe yourself in the purifying mud of the volcano.

As the minivan leaves town, hear some curious facts about Cartagena's 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

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 109 reviews

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The mud was just the right temperature and had a lovely texture. The actual mud bath area is about the size of a large hot tub. It was a great experience. Note that everyone involved in the process will swarm for tips at the end, so have a lot of small currency.

December 20, 2022

Prepare to pick up several participants from hotels. We had the early tour. The activity itself is fantastic. After us there was a long line to go up the volcano. So I recommend the early tour. On the spot you will be welcomed by enthusiastic locals who will fit your phone to take pictures, take care of your glasses, massage you in the volcano, rinse you off in the lake. Expect his money for that. That can be quite hectic. But all in all the experience is great.

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August 5, 2022

It's a neat experience if you have the time, I don't know if it's a must do if you only have a few days in Columbia but if you have some extra time it's a neat excursion. Having arthritis, I was skeptical about some of the claims about the mud but surprisingly it really helped with pain relief! Additionally, we got some great photos from the experience. The massages are okay, it's mostly just to make sure you get mud fully rubbed on you. It is an interesting feeling floating in the volcano, you'd think you would sink but if you stay still you're almost in stasis.

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July 17, 2022

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