Rest, Relaxation and Mud

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of Colombia  , Sucre,
Sunday, May 15, 2011


Day : 340
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : A few days of rain and a few days of sun

Tolu is a small town about 3 hours south of Cartagena, and was a perfect place to spend a few days before returning to Cartagena to get Kevin's eyes checked again. We caught a public bus which was very comfortable although absolutely freezing because the air conditioning was set to about -10 deg C! Luckily, we had been warned about this in advance and so I was able to put on my long sleeved top, fleece, trousers and hat whilst on the bus.

There are very few tourists here as the town generally seems to cater for locals spending the weekends away from the cities. During the week days it was deserted but over the weekend the number of visitors boomed and the cafes and restaurants opened up, all competing with each other to see who could play the loudest music! In addition, there are little buggies buzzing around carrying about half a dozen occupants around town. They also have music systems on board and yes, you guessed it, they also blare music at a defeaning level as they pass by, trying to out compete each other as well as the bars and restaurants. It's rather entertaining because of it's ridicoulousness, but you really cannot hear yourself think!

Thankfully, our little hostel is set back away from it all, and has a perfect rooftop terrace with hammocks and sunloungers and lovely views of the sea and the sunset. We spent most of our time relaxing, wandering down to sea now and again, having leisurely lunches and sundowners on the roof top terrace. Today we ventured about an hour outside of town to visit the volcanic mud baths. Imagine a pit of around 15m diameter, filled with incredibly thick, goopy, slightly sulfurous mud of about one and a half to two metres depth. In fact the mud was so thick and goupy that you could even "stand" vertically in the mud about waist high, with your feet not touching the bottom and be completely supported without any effort at all. This however, made it impossible to move around whilst in the mud bath, but on the other hand meant that you could jump from the side at a considerable height and upon landing in the mud bath your body would only penetrate half way into the mud....except when Kevin decided to do a bomb and he went completely under, with mud up his nose and in his mouth and ears.

Tomorrow we head back to Cartagena for an eye doctor check and then we head north to Tayrona National Park.
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Eileen on

very attractive .... looks like my children after playing footie at the park for an hour ! :o)

Antony on

Mud, mud every where....looks like fun though!!

John on

Sounds fantastic seems so long since we saw you away from Kemble !! You probably know we have another Asst Pro (5th in my time) Rob Ralph but little changes. Am into training for the Everest trek later in the year and keep going back to your blog for that region, it gives me great inspiration. Take care and best wishes to you both.

nomadic-brands on

Hi John,
Thanks for your comments. Glad you are still enjoying the blog. Good luck with your training, it will be so worth it.
Take care
Dom and Kev

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