- 7 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Live a unique and unforgettable experience in Cartagena.
You will know and immerse yourself in the famous mud volcano which contains natural minerals for medicinal purposes. If you ever wanted to know an amazing sea, this is your opportunity to perceive with your 5 senses the qualities of a pink sea, where you can breathe the purest air of the region, take the perfect pic for your memories, feel the breeze of the Caribbean Sea, know the process of the salt in the second biggest salt mine of the country and taste it in its natural state; but there does not the end, you will also know the life of the Indian Catherine in the land of Galerazamba, place of her tribe and you will visit the ethnoindustrial museum where her ancestral arts and beliefs are still preserved.
After so many emotions, knowledge and experiences, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in a comfortable place overlooking the lighthouse and virgin beaches, accompanied by the sound of the drum, folkloric presentation.
- Local taxes
- Food tasting
- Live commentary on board
- Local guide
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Entry/Admission - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
- Entry/Admission - Salinas de Galerazamba
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Backpackers, Old Town, San Diego. Street 7 Infantes with Street Del Pilar, Cartagena 130001 Colombia
The day start when we pick up you at your hotel between 7:30 am and 8:00 am in a mini van.
You must be patient because the traffic sometime is a problem, but don't worried, we will pick up you anyway.
we will pick up another travelers too.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Santa Catalina, Caribe Colombiano, Cartagena Colombia
Once we leave the city it will takes about 45 minutes to arrive to the famous mud volcano, this is the first activity of the day where you will can swimm in a different way and then you gonna eat a tipical delicious snack from our region (patacon con ahogado).
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Salinas de Galerazamba, Galerazamba Colombia
After that you will go to Galerazamba, this town is to 10 minutes driving from the volcano, the first stop will be at the etnoindustrial museum where we are gonna stay for 30 minutes. Here there are amazing pieces of history and you will listen about unique teorys of indians life.
The next stop is at the India Catalina monument, an iconic women of our history.
In this place you will can take beautiful pictures with the monument and remember her awesome history for ever.
The best part of this trip is coming at the salt mine where you will learn about the salt process and why is it important in this part of the country.
In this place the sea has a pink color like if you where in a fantasty storie but it is so real. You will have time to take creative pictures, enjoy the amazing pink sea and breath the most pure air you have ever breath.
The lunch is around 1:00 pm, you have 3 options to choose fish, chicken or vegetarian, also we will going to show you a folkloric presentation and then you can enjoy the beach for the rest of they day. The way back is at 3:30 pm leaving the town, arriving to the city around 4:30 to 5:00 pm.
Duration: 4 hours
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This tour was so much fun and Charlie made it even better. We went to Totumo volcano which was awesome then we went to the pink sea which was so pretty! Charlie is very fun and knowledgeable and I highly recommend this tour with him!
If I had to do it again, I would get some changing clothes, get a towel, pack some hygienic product, get a private car or Taxi and leave my hotel by 6:00 am.
You could do Totumo and the Pink Sea in less than 4 hours.
Charlie did a fantastic job at leading this trip. He was friendly, funny, informative and outgoing.
Totumo was too crowded.
The pink sea was a huge highlight of the trip.
Some general feedback to improve the trip:
(1) tourists should not be obliged to pay for services they did not ask for.
a) Getting a massage from the men inside the Totumo volcano.
b) Receiving a ”wash down" from the women in the river.
c) Getting your picture taken from the young men
It would have been better if they ask for permission first.
Otherwise it feels like a way to get more money from tourist.
Right after we were done, some of the women and young men came after us to make sure, they got their money. It felt like a tourist trap.
(2) Tourist should not be forced to do things they are not comfortable with.
a) Having the ladies gather around the Galerazamba statue and having us say 'Female Power' is not something that everyone wants to do.
b) Having/Forcing ladies participate in the cultural dance (the one after we had lunch) is not something everyone wants to do.
c) Having tourist partake in ‘games’ they are not interested in.
c) Instructing tourist (at Totumo sight) to being comfortable to ‘take off their clothes' in front of everyone can make people uncomfortable. You have to respect people’s privacy and comfort level.
It would have been better if they ask for permission first.
(3) Tourists could be instructed to get towels and dress adequately before the trip.
a) Explain to tourist that there is only 1 toilet/changing space at the Totumo sight.
b) Encourage tourists to bring another set clothes/shoes/socks and some hygienic products.
This was a nice tour, but probably a little long. We didn't go in the mud volcano (did something like that in St Lucia, and didn't want to feel dirty the rest of the day) so waiting for the ones who went in was long, but was nice and relaxing anyway. The snack was ok - fried plantains with dips. The pink sea was beautiful, not too crowded. The lunch at the restaurant was good and filling, but the dancing went on forever and made the day longer. The "toilets" at the restaurant are primitive and there's not really any facilities at any stops. Bring hand sanitizer. The guide and bus driver seemed to bring their girlfriends along on this tour - two girls were on the bus when we were picked up, then dropped off before a stop at a hotel. Then when no one got on from that hotel, these girls were picked up again and were with us all day. Very friendly and hanging on the guide and driver. Didn't really affect us one or the other but was kinda weird.
We loved Jesus and Jelly- they kept the day light they encouraged conversation with the other travelers. Very knowledgeable and passionate about ensuring a great day.
Would recommend taking this tour, make sure to pack lots of water to stay hydrated.
The tour could really be a half day tour. You spend a majority of the time waiting around. It was not Really structured or on time. The host Charlie was great.
This trip was amazing. The tour guide Charlie did a fantastic job and made the day so fun. If you are thinking about booking this just do it. Its so worth it!!!! This is a one of a kind experience and makes great Instagram pics!
We read many reviews about the Mud Volcano and Pink Sea and were really unsure however we booked it anyway because "when in Rome"....
Our day was amazing. Jelly, our tour guide, was all smiles and so nice. Her English was pretty good but not fluent. The bus ride allowed views of the real Colombia outside of Cartagena. The Mud Volcano was a great experience. We arrived and relaxed for a bit in one of establishments which had old tables, plastic chairs and a older gentlemen who was our host. We had a chance to change in the scary bathroom or kitchen and then head to the Volcano (you leave everything behind except your swimsuit). The steps up and down the Volcano were not nearly as rickety or dangerous as many reviewed. Once at the top of the Volcano we descended into the Mud one by one. Everyone was amazed that you floated. We were all respectful of one another and had a great time as we coated ourselves in the mud, received massages and relaxed while chatting with the other members of the group. Getting out was a bit tricky, holding on to the ladder, while one of the workers scraped some of the mud off and holding up your swimsuit all at once. Next we walked down to the water, it is quite green but we walked right in as guided by one of the women who were eager to clean us. The women were kind and did a great job while being pretty respectful . They will advise you to remove your suit so they can wash it, but they allowed you privacy from others and you are in the water. We were then treated to Huevos and Plantains. The first stop on the tour was quite the experience. Then we went to the Museum, this is where the language barrier was noticed, there was a lady at the Museum who would speak in English and then our guide did her best to translate. I would have preferred just to look around rather than have all of the commentary. Next was the Catalina statue, this included more difficult commentary. Next was the Salt Mine/Pink Sea which was another amazing experience. The water on one side was more red and then the other side more pink. We walked around, took photos, some people got in the water, we made wishes and we boarded the bus to leave. Lastly we went back to the restaurant for food and music and dancing which Jelly had us join in. It was so much fun, thanks to Jelly. This tour was well worth the money and was a great day trip from Cartagena.
Charlie was the best ever!!! His personality and the uniqueness of the pink sea trip made this one of my favorite experiences during my trip to colombia! You must tour with Charlie!!!
Charlie was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and engaging. It was a great tour. We loved the mud volcano and the pink sea. Lunch was great
Highly recommend this tour! Initially started off the trip at the wrong location climbing in a taxi not meant for us....but our guide Charlie was there to pick us up w/in minutes. First stop was mud Vulcano, very cool experience...followed by learning a few local traditions and visiting a museum. Last, was the pink sea. Wow! Nothing short of a wonderful tour w/a friendly, knowledgeable and great tour guide!