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Had a great tour guide and this was really fun! It's quick but worth the experience.
This was a funny one. We were promplty picked up at the hotel and off we went for a 45 minutes car ride to Totumo. I would plan to go early so you can avoid the crowds. Bring a towel, come in your bathing suit and a good disposition. You will climb a wooden stair up to the volcano, not too tall. Once you are up there, you have to come down a small ladder into the volcano where the mud in waiting for you with two guys ready to make sure you are evenly covered. After like 5 minutes soaking in the mud you will climb back up and go down the other side of the volcano and head to were local women are waiting to wash you down. Don't forget to tip them.
We had a good time and the driver and guide were very nice people and knowledgeable. However, I think that it was overpriced. I found the same tour through the hotel where we stayed cheaper and included lunch. Ours did not include lunch.
Of course the volcano experience was great. I just felt so attacked by the staff for tips. After paying 130, I really didn't see the need in tipping the guy who carried my flip flops, the ladies who rinsed me off which I'd rather do myself, the guy who used my phone for the pics and the guy who opened the door for the shower.
super weird but fun. we were not very thrilled about being forced to go to a emerald museum after we were wet and muddy but the volcano is a unique experience.
Interesting tour. A few things to be aware of: 1) There will be several locals there providing services and it is appropriate to tip them for it. About 5000 pesos per person is what my hired driver suggested per person (about $2.50 US), but all I had was large bills of 50.000 because I wasn't expecting this. Word to the wise, bring appropriate bills to be able to tip 4-5 different people. 2) Bring a towel. None there. 3) When you rinse off in the lagoon, people will be there to rinse out your bathing suit while you rinse your body. You will be obscured by the water, but know that you'll be butt naked for a bit. The alternative is to keep your bathing suit on, but you won't be able to get all the mud out. 4) There is a pay toilet there. I believe its 1000 pesos but maybe good to have that change handy.
You climb up rickety stairs and then down rickety stairs into a former volcano. You cannot sink in the mud, which still bubbles up. Aides in the volcano give you a massage and women rinse you off in the lagoon. All of these people want fees: about 5000 pesos. (About $2.50 US).
Well it was good only thing lunch was not included after it had stated lunch was included and the tour person said it was not in his paperwork. It was fun but too short the time in the volcano
What a RIP OFF. We paid around 120..00 each. we got there everyone was excited to help us get to the top of the Volcano.As we were walking they ask if we wanted pictures. and ask for our phones.
We were put into the mud and had the bath along with as massage. Which we thought was included in the tour price. After getting out of the bath , and being helped to wash the mud off. We walked back back to the car , We were told that each person who assisted us was to be paid 10 pesos. Your information on the internet says gratuity was optional. We were never told we were paying every person something. False advertising . An additional 60 pesos for WHAT. Nice site, i would not waste my time for money , on the bath, massage, any help waking , take your own photos. Very disappointed . Ruin the rest of the day. I travel all over the world and have never has people try and rip me off like this before. BUYER BEWARE
Note from Viator: Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you had an unfavorable experience on your tour. Please be aware that all gratuities are always optional, but depending on the region, sometimes tipping is expected as a part of a particular culture. We always recommend researching tipping etiquette prior to travel to ensure the local customs and procedures are known. We hope you were still able to enjoy the rest of your time in Cartagena and wish you Happy Travels for the future.
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