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Totumo Volcano Private Transportation from Cartagena

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Cartagena, Colombia

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icon2 to 3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Soothe your skin in the healing mud bath of the Totumo Volcano on a half-day tour from Cartagena. Climb to the peak of the volcano then descend into the therapeutic mud bath below for a truly unique experience. Indulge in a restorative massage from an experienced attendant; rinse off in the warm waters of the river; and gain insight into the cultural significance of the incredible natural formation. Convenient round trip transportation from your Cartagena hotel is included in the tour.
  • Half-day trip to Totumo Volcano from Cartagena
  • Relax in the rejuvenating mud inside Totumo Volcano
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views as you soak in the unique atmosphere
  • Round-trip hotel transportation included
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Totumo Volcano transfer from Cartagena
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Entrances Fees
After pickup from your Cartagena hotel, travel by air-conditioned minivan to the site of the incredible Totumo Volcano. Sit back and absorb the scenic scenery of the Bolivar region as you pass atmospheric mangroves and splendid seaside sights. 

Enjoy your half-day exploring verdant forests and glittering lakes for panoramic views of the surroundings. Arrive at the volcano, a legendary natural landmark steeped in history and legend; according to local folklore, a priest sprinkled holy water over the molten lava of the volcano, transforming it into the therapeutic mud bath it is today. 

Sample some local specialties at an authentic local restaurant (own expense) before changing into your bathing suit. Climb the wooden staircase to the summit of the 50-foot (15-meter) volcano, and then descend by ladder into the viscous depths below. 

Float upon the dense mud, choosing to receive a personal message from an on-site attendant. Rub the thick liquid into your skin to take advantage of its rejuvenating qualities, and then emerge to take a refreshing dip in a nearby lake. Rinse off and revitalize then relax during the journey back to your Cartagena hotel.
Stop At:  
The volcano and the very special Caribbean swamp landscape that surrounds it, make this peculiar geographical formation a must see experience in Cartagena.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
Once at the site of the volcano, climb the rustic wooden stairs and get ready for the highlight of the day. Once you enter the Totumo volcano you will feel like you’re floating mid-air, because of the smoothness and density of the mud. It is physically impossible to sink into it. At the top of the small volcano, you will not only enjoy the warm mud bath, but also the panoramic view over the Santa Catalina region. When you leave, you can get a massage done by the locals or go swimming into the calm surrounding lagoon and get the mud off. Afterward, you can enjoy a typical lunch in the surrounding kiosks, typically consisting of fried fish and fried plantain (not included in tour price).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We recommend bring a bathing suit, slip resistant shoes and towel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We also recommend taking sunscreen (preferably reef safe)
  • Please enter your pick up location and details at time of booking
  • Please Note: English support is limited/basic. This product doesn't offer a guided tour, it offers only basic support by your driver/guide.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The community of Galera Zamba depends mostly on the tourism generated by the volcano. For this they offer all kinds of services such as taking pictures, mud massages and not to mention the great experience of being bathed in the lake by one of the women of the community. For each service the locals expect 5,000 pesos (1.5 USD) as a tip. So don't forget to bring a small change, this is one way to contribute more to the local economy
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Totumo Volcano Private Transportation from Cartagena?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Our tour guide Edwardo was very...
Janis W
, Aug 2017
Our tour guide Edwardo was very informative and attentive to all of our needs.
What a RIP OFF. We paid around...
Dave N
, Jun 2016
What a RIP OFF. We paid around 120..00 each. we got there everyone was excited to help us get to the top of the Volcano.As we were walking they ask if we wanted pictures. and ask for our phones. We were put into the mud and had the bath along with as massage. Which we thought was included in the tour price. After getting out of the bath , and being helped to wash the mud off. We walked back back to the car , We were told that each person who assisted us was to be paid 10 pesos. Your information on the internet says gratuity was optional. We were never told we were paying every person something. False advertising . An additional 60 pesos for WHAT. Nice site, i would not waste my time for money , on the bath, massage, any help waking , take your own photos. Very disappointed . Ruin the rest of the day. I travel all over the world and have never has people try and rip me off like this before. BUYER BEWARE
icon Response from Host , Jun 2016
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you had an unfavorable experience on your tour. Please be aware that all gratuities are always optional, but depending on the region, sometimes tipping is expected as a part of a particular culture. We always recommend researching tipping etiquette prior to travel to ensure the local customs and procedures are known. We hope you were still able to enjoy the rest of your time in Cartagena and wish you Happy Travels for the future.
Of course the volcano experience was...
Jonathan D
, Mar 2016
Of course the volcano experience was great. I just felt so attacked by the staff for tips. After paying 130, I really didn't see the need in tipping the guy who carried my flip flops, the ladies who rinsed me off which I'd rather do myself, the guy who used my phone for the pics and the guy who opened the door for the shower.
This was a funny one. We were...
, Feb 2016
This was a funny one. We were promplty picked up at the hotel and off we went for a 45 minutes car ride to Totumo. I would plan to go early so you can avoid the crowds. Bring a towel, come in your bathing suit and a good disposition. You will climb a wooden stair up to the volcano, not too tall. Once you are up there, you have to come down a small ladder into the volcano where the mud in waiting for you with two guys ready to make sure you are evenly covered. After like 5 minutes soaking in the mud you will climb back up and go down the other side of the volcano and head to were local women are waiting to wash you down. Don't forget to tip them.
super weird but fun. we were not...
Lindsey G
, Nov 2015
super weird but fun. we were not very thrilled about being forced to go to a emerald museum after we were wet and muddy but the volcano is a unique experience.
Had a great tour guide and this was...
Ericka H
, Nov 2015
Had a great tour guide and this was really fun! It's quick but worth the experience.
We had a good time and the driver...
Jose R S
, Oct 2015
We had a good time and the driver and guide were very nice people and knowledgeable. However, I think that it was overpriced. I found the same tour through the hotel where we stayed cheaper and included lunch. Ours did not include lunch.
Interesting tour. A few things to...
, Sep 2014
Interesting tour. A few things to be aware of: 1) There will be several locals there providing services and it is appropriate to tip them for it. About 5000 pesos per person is what my hired driver suggested per person (about $2.50 US), but all I had was large bills of 50.000 because I wasn't expecting this. Word to the wise, bring appropriate bills to be able to tip 4-5 different people. 2) Bring a towel. None there. 3) When you rinse off in the lagoon, people will be there to rinse out your bathing suit while you rinse your body. You will be obscured by the water, but know that you'll be butt naked for a bit. The alternative is to keep your bathing suit on, but you won't be able to get all the mud out. 4) There is a pay toilet there. I believe its 1000 pesos but maybe good to have that change handy.
You climb up rickety stairs and then...
, Sep 2014
You climb up rickety stairs and then down rickety stairs into a former volcano. You cannot sink in the mud, which still bubbles up. Aides in the volcano give you a massage and women rinse you off in the lagoon. All of these people want fees: about 5000 pesos. (About $2.50 US).
Well it was good only thing lunch...
Elaine A
, Sep 2014
Well it was good only thing lunch was not included after it had stated lunch was included and the tour person said it was not in his paperwork. It was fun but too short the time in the volcano

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