The small, mud-blowing Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, 50km northeast of Cartagena, makes for another popular day-trip. You can clamber down into the crater for a refreshing wallow in the mud that allegedly has therapeutic properties, while helpful locals gather nearby, offering to photograph you in your Creature From the Black Lagoon guise, and to give you an energetic but not terribly professional massage. Most hostels arrange this trip.

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