A 3 million year old mudbath in Arboletes

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Hotel Barolo

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Arboletes means 'land of trees', however most of the area's trees have been cleared in order to make way for cattle, which is the major industry in the region (covering 90% of the land).

Apart from cows and sheep, however, Arboletes also has a lot of mud. Very old mud. 3 million years old. Big, bubbling volcanic craters of the stuff. 

We bathed in the town's mud volcano. A very bizarre sensation; the mud density is such that you can just float in the stuff, a feel the pressure of the gasses holding you up, and occassionally bubble and spurt around you.

A lot of fun, and full of minerals that are good for you too - assuming the thing doesn't erupt whilst you're in it of course (it last erupted in 2010 making a bit of a mess, but fortunately behaved nicely for us).
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Hawk on

In your mud volcano pictures, Hannah's smile is bright and white. Risto's isn't. Which presumeably means he forgot to close his mouth when he jumped in??

Anna on

That looks so cool!

ristohannah on

ahh it was brilliant. Risto is still picking mud out of his ears, maybe that's why he wasn't smiling. but at least he didn't dive in head first and get stuck like some people have!

ristohannah on

I can confirm that the taste of mud does not improve with age

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