I must admit that, as a child of the 70's and 80's, the very first thing I think of when I hear "Cartagena, Colombia," is Michael Douglas's voice speaking the city's name in Romancing The Stone. (Then I think of the scene with "…my little mule!" and try not to think of the crocodile scene.) Thanks to Lainie of Raising Miro on the Road of Life, I will now also think of one of my favorite subjects: volcanoes!
Volcan el Lodo del Totumo is not a typical volcano in the sense that there isn't any heat from magma involved. Instead, gas from decaying organic matter heats up the mud and pushes toward the surface. Of course, according to Wikipedia, there is more to it than that! "According to local lore, the volcano used to spew fire, lava, and ashes, but it was turned into mud by a local priest who believed it was the work of the Devil, and ensued to banish him by sprinkling holy water into it."
Regardless of the origin, it looks like a whole mess of FUN! (Sorry, that was kind of a cliché — but it's true!)
I am SO doing this when I go to South America! (Shared with permission from Lainie. :)
You can read all about the mud volcano and even watch a short video on Lainie's website!
Where's your favorite place to get dirty? ;)