Mud Bath

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Friday, December 4, 2009

What visit to Colombia would be complete without a mud bath?

Apparently, not ours.  Just outside of Cartagena is one of the more unusual volcanos we've encountered so far.  First, I have a hard time calling it a volcano, seeing as it's all of 45 feet high.  You climb up the outside, and look down into the crater, which is about 15 feet by 15 feet.  Climbing down a short ladder, maybe 10 feet into the crater, you find yourself floating in mud.  Super thick, dense, bottomless mud.  You can't reach the bottom, but you can't sink, either.  Just trying to move around is difficult, and it turns out that the easiest plan is to lay on your back and have someone push you like a board across the surface.   In fact, climbing in, this is the first thing you do -- lay back and get pushed to the far side, where you become one sardine in a row of people.  Once about 10 people are all lined up, the employees start at each end, and give each person a nice mud massage.  When your turn is done, you're pushed back to the other side to soak a while longer in the mud.  During the whole experience, a guy is standing up above with your camera, taking pictures for you.

Overall, the mud was quite nice.  Relaxing, squishy, and I was in need of a massage after bumping around on that boat for 5 days.  The most entertaining part, though, was watching the German girl in our tour group, who got about halfway in then decided she didn't want to get muddy after all.  Her attempt to get out without further damage was entertaining and pointless.  After the mud bath, you walk down a short path to a very nice little lake, and wade in, watching the mud disappear.  If you want, the women there will help wash you off, and even take your swimsuit and wash it in the lake for you a bit. 
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