Colombia’s Southern Caribbean Beaches: Arboletes to Tolu

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Colombia’s southern Caribbean coast, south of Cartagena, is rarely visited by foreigners. Small, uncomplicated, budding resort towns with names like  Arboletes, Monitos, Puerto Escondido, San Antero, Covenas, Isla Fuerte, San Bernardo and Tolu are beautiful seaside villages and will eventually become touristic jewels. But for now, travelers seem to prefer the beaches on Colombia’s north Caribbean coast – Parque Tayrona, Palomino – places that have become a bit too popular and are already suffering from over-tourism. Continue reading “Colombia’s Southern Caribbean Beaches: Arboletes to Tolu”

Arboletes: Mud Volcano on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

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Arboletes is a small, seaside village of 22,000 people on Colombia’s southern Caribbean coast. It lies between the cities of Turbo and Tolu.

The village is a Colombian tourist destination for its volcano and beaches. The mud volcano, called the Volcan de Lodo Arboletes, is an ecological park located just outside the village. Here tourists can float in a crater of warm mud 50 meters in diameter. The mud’s density, while resembling quick sand, actually allows people to float on top of the muck without sinking. People swim, wiggle and crawl over the mud. And since there isn’t a bottom to touch one has a strange sensation of levitating. Continue reading “Arboletes: Mud Volcano on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast”