I was really excited about the idea of exploring a Volcano! When we arrived, the smell coming from the craters was pretty intense! All the craters were in activity boiling a very odorous steam. But once used to the smell, let’s say we were fine. St. Lucia is one of the few volcanic islands in the Caribbean and the only one with mud bath!
During our excursion to Sulphur Springs we could not only take amazing photos of the Volcano, the sulfur and the craters, but we could as well take a mud bath for an extra fee!
Everyone was jumping into this super hot natural jacuzzi full of sulfur mud. By what locals told us, a mud bath is very good for you skin and has many healing effects. I was very enthusiast about it! Diogo and our friends much less… actually, I’ve never experienced a mud bath before so with them or alone, I paid my entry fee, covered my body with the mud and then tried to enter very gently into the super hot natural jacuzzi. Watching everyone chilling there with the water covering them all, seemed way easier than it actually was!
The water was even hotter than a regular jacuzzi you find in a spa! I needed at least 10 minutes to get my body fully used to this temperature (probably at 42-45ºC)!
After lying there for 5 minutes and have met all the people around (all tourists, some from Paris, others from China, Hong Kong, and others from USA and Canada), Diogo and our friends finally got some courage to join me!
Diogo was completely burnt in the back, but after 15 minutes lying with us in the mud bath, his back was almost fully recovered! No more pain and almost no reddish!
We totally forgot to bring a towel with us in order to remove the mud after the bath and of course to dry us up, fortunately we dried very quickly thanks to this sunny day, but we continued our journey with a pretty interesting smell…
Did you already try a mud bath? How it was? If you know St. Lucia, don’t forget to let me your recommendations for my Country Guide that will come in the next post.
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Author: Melanie Martins
Photography: Diogo Novo