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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo

Listed under Volcanoes in Cartagena, Colombia.

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A volcano of mud – just putting those words together in a sentence will pique the imagination of many, and this unusual geological sight is supposed to be very very good for the health and appearance of your skin as well. And Volcan de Lodo El Totumo is one of the world’s best examples of a mud volcano – like an oversized anthill its rumblings are caused by the gas formed when organic matter decays underground. It grows because as the mud rises to the top it hardens, constantly adding height to the mud crater at the top.

Wallowing, hippo like, may not be your idea of a glamorous spa treatment, but there are locals on hand offering massages, so you have the key ingredients of a trip to a hotel day spa. The protocol involves donning your swimming trunks, scaling the side of the volcano, handing your camera over to one of the locals on hand for just such a purpose and climbing down the ladder into the pool – which is like a pig trough – in to mud like chocolate cream where you can swim a little and frolic like a pig a little. After you’re as saturated with mud as you can imagine being you get out and head over to the lagoon where old women are on hand to bathe the mud off you as if you’re a baby.

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