Get NAKED in Cartagena!
I’d have to say that my favorite experience in Cartagena was the mud bath. The El Totumo Mud Volcano was the highlight of my trip.
To get there, it was about a 45 minute ride from town. You can book the tour from your hotel and a tour bus will pick you up. For less than $50 per person, the tour offered a soak in the mud bath, snacks, a stop by the beach and an authentic Colombian lunch.
You have to have an open mind for this tour. While you are inside of the mud bath, local men massage you. They massage both men and women. When you get out, the local women bathe you and wash all of the mud from your cracks and crevices. And yes, you get naked! Be ready to tip!
I love a massage so it was fine for me. They even offer massages while you wait for your food to be cooked. Why can’t they have these kinds of services at home???
- Cartagena, a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, has a fascinating and often unbelievable history - once the largest slave port in the Americas often besieged by pirates, it is home to some of the finest historical architecture in the country and one of the best-preserved cities in the Americas.
- There are so many things you can do there – enjoy the charm of colonial architecture, explore the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and ancient churches and monuments, walk to the sounds of local music and rhythms that fill the streets, immerse into vivid nightlife, and cultural festivals. The nightlife in Cartagena is fantastic!
- You can explore lush landscapes and some of the archipelagos - Tierra Bomba Island, Múcura Islan, and Barú Island, among others.
- Inside the walled city of Cartagena, people speak English, as well as staff in restaurants, hotels, and some shops.
- You should try some local food like Mojarra, Mondongo Soup, and Pan de Bono Ceviche. The food was sooooo good. My husband is an especially huge fan of fried fish with the head on!
- Cartagena has a tropical climate and lots of sun.
- In Cartagena, you can drink tap water.
- The peso is the currency of Colombia. Colombia does not accept US dollars as payment.