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Volcán del Totumo - Other Activity Cartagena - Colombia

Just 40 minutes northeast of Cartagena is natural wonder, Volcán del Totumo. The volcano is not what you would expect, as it is more of a hill than a mountain. Visitors climb to the top and descend to float on the thick mud, believed to have healing properties. Locals are on-hand to give massages. Afterwards, bathers head to Ciénaga del Totumo to wash off. This marsh with intense green waters at the side of the sea also provides sanctuary for birds.


Entry fee into the volcano is $3; a massage costs $1.70, as does the assisted wash-off at the ciénaga. The spa is open daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m.


Most tourists visit Volcán del Totumo in one day. It is best to easier to book a tour from Cartagena ($22, including transport, entry and fish lunch in La Boquilla or Playa de Manzanillo). It is cheaper to get there on your own. From Cartagena’s terminal, catch a Galerazumba-bound bus and get off at Lomita Arena (Loma de Arena; 2 hr, $4). Then walk 2 kilometers down the road to a signed turn-off on the right, from where it is another 1.5 kilometers (45 min total). Or from Lomita Arena, take a mototaxi ($2). Don’t start out from Cartagena after 10 a.m., to ensure getting the last bus from Lomita Arena at 3 p.m.

Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Other Activity

Here are other activities in and around Near Cartagena that may be of interest: La Boquilla, San Basilio De Palenque, Isla de Tierra Bomba, Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca.

By Brenda Yun
I am a creative writer / surfer chick in need of adventure all the time. The only thing that keeps me grounded is my non-traveling, non-surfing pug...
02 May 2011

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