Half-day tour (4-5 hours)
The Ecological tour to the mud volcano Cartagena and pink sea are unique experiences to which people usually go to take a mud bath while they receive a relaxing massage and enjoy the healing powers of this natural mud, it is said that the mud can take a few years off you.
It has a height of 15 meters and an approximate depth of 6500 feet, but due to the density of the mud, you can never sink into it and also when you enter the mud you have an antigravity to which you must adapt in the following minutes, and which is part of the unique experience of the totumo mud volcano Cartagena. This is an experience that you can not miss and that can be enjoyed as a family, since there is no child who does not want to get muddy and play a bit.
It ss the only experience in Cartagena that will give you unforgettable experiences, unique pictures, and new knowledge about the nature, and also you can interact with the community and learn a title bit about our society.
You must also know that the healing properties of this mud volcano Cartagena are because the mud contain Water, Silica, Aluminum, Magnesium, Sodium Chloride, Calcium, Sulfur, and Iron that make this mud a gift for your skin, also help treat rheumatic problems, help to treat joint inflammations, detoxify the body, and forget about the stress.
This mud volcano Cartagena is the best experience you will ever have in Cartagena, not only because it is unique, it is also because it will help your health. Doing this tour in the private way on the schedules we recommend are the key to enjoy this experience only for you (or more quiet) and avoid the lines, or the crowd from the group tours that use to arrive there with 40 people buses.
for 2 dollars tip (per person), you can receive messages and at the same time, you would be collaborating with the community that earns their income thanks to the tourists like you who allow them to do massages, take photos of them, help you to take the mud off you, among other activities which you can access or not voluntarily.
This half-day tour to totumo mud volcano from Cartagena also has a stop to have a typical snack at the Lomita Arena municipality, where you can have fruits, arepas (corn and beef), carimañolas (Yucca), chichcarrones (crunchy pork skin). You must pay for it.
Which is a salt mine located in the municipality of Galerazamba and the pink coloration of the sea is due to a natural phenomenon derived from the great concentration of saline in the waters. When the rain falls, the drops of water break the granules of salt and create this phenomenon. Likewise, the sea has halophilic microalgae that produce beta-carotene, creating environments of high salinity and luminosity.
The pink sea is not a place to bathe in the water, it is rather to admire its pink color, take some photos, learn about this natural phenomenon and support the local communities that live from the arrival of tourists to this place.
You should also know that the Pink sea is a seasonal attraction, which is why it is only available for some months of the year, which are: March, April, May, June, July, August, September or October.
It will depend on the wind season in Cartagena, so that the sea turns pink, since the more wind the less the water evaporates, and it takes time to reach the degree of salinity necessary for the microorganism to die naturally to spread the pink color in the water. Which happens between the months of March and April and then from May to November the rainy season begins, which makes the pink color gradually fade, which will also depend on how much rainwater falls into the sea.
You can see in the following link this tour on Tripadvisor as one of the best tours in Cartagena. (click here)
We will pick you up in one of the two schedules we have 7:00am or 2:30pm (this is the key to find the place quiet and avoid the crowd from group tours). The trip to the mud volcano is a 30 miles away and 45-60 minutes long.
Be ready for a unique and funny experience; there you will find some people that will try to help you with your clothe and cellphone to take your pictures in the volcano (Please be polite). Once you are in the mud you will experiment the sensation that being floating and not sinking in the mud, then if you want you can take a relaxing massage there. At the end you must go down the volcano carefully because you are fully of mud and go to the lagoon to take off the mud of you.
Only 10 minutes away from the mud volcano, and If it is available, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape that you will find there to take the best shots, and learn a little about a nature phenomenon like this salt mine.
Leaving the Mud Volcano or the Pink Sea and returning to your hotel.