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May '12

In the thick of it

As we round the corner on our last few days in Colombia, we can’t help but feel a little sad. Sad to be leaving this amazing country and sad that the daily “Once of in a lifetimes” may be coming to an end. Not that we don’t have plans for many of these once we’re home but the frequency may diminish a bit. Therefore, when the opportunity arose for one last adventure in Colombia, we couldn’t say no.

We readied our day pack, jumped in our tour van and an hour and a half later, arrived at our destination: Volcan de Lodo, El Totumo.

Now, we’ve seen a lot of volcanoes on our trip, but before you go thinking this is just another long hike story from Abby, let me translate the name: Totumo, The Volcano of Mud.

Volcan del Totumo

The Volcano in all her glory...

And boy, did this volcano live up to its name. Within minutes of arriving, we’d climbed up the stairs to the top, handed our camera to a local man, and, with another local waiting to give us a quick mud massage  (for less than $2 I might add), slid in to a large, deep pool of mud.

Volcan del Totumo

So deep in fact, that you cannot touch the bottom, which, as it turns out, isn’t really a problem as the buoyancy of the mud is such that you are able to float in any position and can easily lay on top of the mud without sinking.

You feel as though are you swimming in yogurt. Dirty, gray, lukewarm yogurt. When you are done in the mud, you walk over to a lake nearby where the local ladies scrub you clean (leave your modesty at home…) and then, we were off on our way back to Cartagena.  It was such a bizarre experience to be floating in mud and one we’re sure we won’t soon forget…partially because we’ll be cleaning mud out of our ears for the next week!

Volcan de Lodo


7 comments to “In the thick of it”

  1. Ava Says:

    That’s hilariously fun!

  2. Dad/Jon Says:

    That’s hilarious!!!!!!How did you know to compare it to floating in yogurt? Now I now why the yogurt was always disappearing from the fridge…..

  3. ted Says:

    umm… wow. that’s dirty! I’m not much on mud wrasslin myself, but it looks like fun!

  4. Shelley Says:

    I think this is how statues of famous people are made . . . .

  5. april Says:

    wow!! that looks so fun!! i bet your skin felt amazing after that!!! 🙂

  6. Elaine Olson Says:

    Wow, Abby and Aaron, now I’ve seen everything! What a memorable experience. Just seeing your pictures is memorable. Come home safely and keep in touch, Aunt Elaine and Uncle Wayne

  7. World Wide Wonderings » Blog Archive » Tourists at Home Says:

    […] the different. And, when that is your mindset, you will find all sorts of neat stuff (exhibit A: Mud Volcanoes…).That got us thinking about returning home. It always seems like a let down to return home from a […]

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