The most wonderful (and fun) attraction in Colombia – Ghumi Ghumi For Fashionistas

The most wonderful (and fun) attraction in Colombia – Ghumi Ghumi For Fashionistas

A quarter later, the man hints that I could move aside. A couple of newcomers are descending the stairs. I don’t think so, right now? I have become quite comfortable. Even relaxed. Even with distress, I can move. I twist effortlessly into a sitting position.

Then I’m scared: how do you get out of here? The body is as silly as a ladder covered in mud clumps. Legs, arms, stairs and railings all slide in different directions. I make the ladder rise in the slowness of the world record. The benefit of this is that the mud dries the skin into a tight shell, and I am no longer so slippery on the last steps.

The sun is shining perpendicularly, starting to be unbearably hot. I can hardly wait to get to the shores of a lagoon a couple of hundred meters away for washing. I’m going there halfway through.

But no lagoon can be found, only a small pit from which water is lifted by bucket into the ravines. “It hasn’t rained in half a year, the lagoon has dried up,” explains the woman waiting in front of me and squeezing the first jug of water down my neck. “It’s then 10,000 pesos,” he says. I could have paid a million.

 

 

PS. 10,000 pesos is about 3 euros. The entrance fee is the same. It is up to the masseur to give tips. After good rains, the water mixes with the mud and the surface of the pool rises, at its best to the edges. Then it is easier to get to the mud bath.

WHERE? In Colombia, about 50 km from Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. It can be reached by tour buses or taxis. I myself took a taxi, right before nine in the morning, before the tour buses – then there was no need to wait and queue for anything, and there was no crowd in the mud pool.

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