Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood...

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Flag of Colombia  , Antioquia,
Thursday, September 8, 2011

While researching Capurgana we found out about a stop you can make on the way between Turbo and Cartagena. It's a town called Arboletes and it has the biggest mud volcano in South America. It’s not even in the Lonely Planet! We decided it was definitely worth a stop. We bussed our way there from Turbo, got a room and headed straight to the volcano. It’s basically a huge crater, no real volcano cone, filled with warm bubbling mud that is so dense you just float. It’s a really weird feeling. There is apparently another mud volcano that you can visit from Cartagena which can only fit about 15 people whereas I’d say you could get several thousand into this one. We had some fun trying to swim in it and posing for photos before running the few hundred meters down to the sea to wash it all off both because it’s more fun and cheaper than the showers at the crater! We were mostly clean after this, although Liz especially still left quite a bit of mud in the shower once we got back to our hostel... There were only about 10 other people there, all locals, and we didn’t see another tourist anywhere in town. Not much else to say really but if you are travelling between Turbo and Cartagena it’s definitely worth a stop and it breaks up the bus journey too!
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