Mud baths date back to the early age of humanity and it has always been associated not only with complete relaxation but also with many other health benefits. According to many scientific studies, mud baths promote a youthful complexion, detoxify the skin, ease muscle tension; alleviate body inflammation; – and soothe arthritis-related joint pains.

As you can see, mud baths make you feel incredible and it is one of the most natural health treatments you can have.

Below is a list of the best places for mud baths in the world.

1. Volcán El Totumo, Colombia

Located near of the iconic city of Cartagena, Volcano El Totumo offers a mud bath within the crater of a small volcano.

Volcano El Totumo can accommodate about 15 soaking visitors at a time, with attendants on hand to administer massages, this may be one of the world’s most famous mud baths experience in Latin America.

2. Calistoga - Napa Valley, California

The native Wappo tribe were the first to use these volcanic mineral-rich waters, which were created by the eruption of Mt Konocti 8 million years ago, for mud baths  Today, it’s popular at Calistoga spas, where the ash is mixed with local hot spring water to provide a revigorating mud bath in many places in the location.

3. Hell's Gate, New Zealand

Once used by Māori warriors to heal their battle-scarred bodies for over 800 years, visitors now use the nutrient-rich mud to ease inflammation and arthritis, as well as rejuvenate the skin.

Hell’s Gate offers boiling mud, spewing geysers, steaming fumaroles, and gushing 100ºF waterfalls. 

4. Dead Sea, Israel

Known for having the world’s saltiest body of water, the Dead Sea also offers a famous mud bath location. It is said to relieve everything from skin problems to joint pain and heart complications, and its mud supposedly does wonders for removing toxins from the body and healing minor wounds. 

5. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, in Greece, is a world-famous destination that attracts people from all over the world to enjoy its paradisiac landscapes. However, visitors can also enjoy mud baths near the volcanic island of Palea Kameni. The experience of getting mud baths there is amazing, according to people who have visited. It offers warm, sulphuric waters, slathering on the mineral-rich mud from top to toe.

6. Sultaniye Hot Springs, Turkey

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Sultaniye Hot Springs is located just 6 miles from Dalyan, a tourist town on the Turquoise Coast halfway between Fethiye and Marmaris. The spa can be reached by taking a scenic boat trip from Dalyan down the river and across the delta to Lake Koycegiz.

The baths are on a fault line and feature pools for mud and sulphuric hot baths.

7. Sulphur Springs, Saint Lucia

St. Lucia’s famous sulphuric mud bath is located in Sulphur Springs in Soufriere. This mud comes directly from the volcano.

After enjoying its paradisiac beaches and stunning nature, it’s a great opportunity for those who are visiting the island to cover their bodies with mud for health benefits.