Rest, Relaxation and Mud
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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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
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.