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Single Traveler $473 USD
Per Person (Based on 2 passengers) $249 USD
Per Person (Based on 3 passengers) $203 USD
Per Person (Based on 4 passengers) $171 USD
Per Person (Based on 5-7 passengers) $150 USD
Per Person (Based on 8-9 passengers) $120 USD
Per Person (Based on 10-14 passengers) $114 USD
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This experience will open your pores and your mind! Just bring your sense of humor...

A short ride outside the city of Cartagena is the El Totumo Mud Volcano, located in the municipality of Santa Catalina. From the ground, like an oversized anthill, El Totumo is a classic example of a mud volcano that has been created by natural gasses emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge, it grows in size and gradually forms what you can see today--a miniature volcano with a rich, creamy mud crater at the top.

Submerge yourself in the mud and, along with cleaning your pores, you'll cleanse your soul. Folklore says that the volcano's popularity grew from its alleged healing accomplished by immersion in the mud. At first, the locals were the ones who took advantage of this cleansing as it does exactly that. Now it has become well-known for its spiritual expunging and draws people from everywhere.

The mound itself is almost 50 feet high and is serviced by an accessible staircase that leads to the crater, which can accommodate about 10 to 15 people at a time. People bathe in the dense warm mud and have the option of receiving personal massages from the attendants. After wallowing in the mud, you will have a bath by the lake near the volcano by one of the woman head of household in the community.

As you seem to be entering the center of a volcano, you must understand that it is not active nor has a history of activity. According to local lore, the volcano used to spew fire, lava, and ashes, but it was turned into mud by a local priest who believed it was the work of the devil, and ensued to banish him by sprinkling holy water into it.

Either before or after your mud bath, you will visit the San Felipe de Barajas castle, a major historical site in Cartagena. The 17th century governor of Cartagena, Don Francisco de Murga ordered the construction of this fortification in 1656. Its strategic location prevented foreign troops--and the occasional European pirate--from setting ashore and circling the back of Cartagena's (now) Old Town. Initially built with just eight canons and barracks for 20 soldiers, the castle took its familiar shape over a period of 120 years. It was finally completed in 1769 after undergoing sporadic reconstruction as a result of a string of damaging attacks on the city during the 17th and 18th centuries.

This fort was an integral part of the protection of the city of Cartagena and today not only offers the historical background, but some of the best views of this port possible.

There's little shade here, so avoid visiting in the hottest part of the day. Instead, get there early or visit in the late afternoon to enjoy the sun sinking into the Caribbean from the lofty ramparts

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Private vehicle and driver/guide or separate guide and driver
  • Visit to El Totumo Mud Volcano
  • Stop and bathe at a nearby lake
  • Visit the San Felipe de Barajas castle
  • Entrance fee
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French($)
  • German($)
  • Italian($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Russian($)
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (5.5 hrs) Length approximate
  • 9:00 AM (5.5 hrs) Length approximate
  • 10:00 AM (5.5 hrs) Length approximate
  • 11:00 AM (5.5 hrs) Length approximate

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel.
• As this has become a center of attention for many tourists, we do try to arrive before or after the crowds.
• Don’t forget to tip. The masseuses, the volcano employee who takes your photo, and the women who bathe you would all appreciate a gratuity.
• The order of this tour may change.


• The walk up to the fort is sloped and can be somewhat strenuous.
• If you choose not to participate in the mud bath, you may observe and be the designated photographer.