Volcan del Totumo and Castillo San Felipe Fortress
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Had booked us in on the Volcan del Totumo tour today. Basically, it is a mud volcano... pretty obvious huh!? It actually erupted in 1996 and we saw some of the remains from the explosion on our way up which was pretty interesting. I had thought that it was something man made, simply because the pictures I had seen showed the typical cone, but it doesn´t really appear to be.
Firstly we had to climb to the top on these man made steps, which is made hard just because it is so hot due to the beaming sun. Once we get up there, one by one we get into the small crater, and there are men in there to massage you if you so wish, and also a guy taking everyone´s camera to take photos for us all (but for a tip of course)! Nathan and I declined the offer of a massage and are soon pushed lying backward to one end.
Now for the interesting part - trying to get out of te mud without anything slipping down (or so we thought). We then get to the lake to wash it all off and there are ladies there to clean you (again, for a small tip). We all said no (apart from the older people on the tour), but they are so forceful to the point they are quite rude. We were getting out and they told Nathan he still had it all in his ears (which he did, but who really cares) and she hauled him back in, and thus violation number one occurs at this point - the opening up of Nathan´s boxers and in with the bowl of water and her steady hand shaking his pants free of mud.
We then stopped at a seculded beach for some lunch and back into town by 3:30pm.
After barely a rest, and persuading Nathan to get out to see the fortress we had passed, 30 mins later we were stading at the bottom of San Felipe Fortress. Pretty impressive, and someone (Nathan) was pretty glad we were there too, as he finally admitted after I pointed out he was a childish little kid the way e was running around looking at everything!
Castillo San Felipe fortress was built in the 17th century (plans drew up in 1639 and eventually completed in 1789.