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La Brea Pitch Lake

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Address: La Brea Village, Trinidad
Activities: Walking
Description: This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the...
This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world.
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Unique sight, glad I went

Headed here on Carnival Tuesday, while the madness was going on in Port of Spain. It was part if an all day tour with a private driver for us. It wasn't very busy for obvious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Headed here on Carnival Tuesday, while the madness was going on in Port of Spain. It was part if an all day tour with a private driver for us. It wasn't very busy for obvious reasons, and our guide Mr. Langley was very pleasant, taking the time to answer our many questions. It was interesting to see the remnants of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

there is a lot to learn from a visit to the pitch lake. goto the office and pay the $30TT each for guided tour, you will not regret it. come prepared for a swim in cooling pools of mineral water

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Saint Andrews, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I got nabbed by an unofficial guide as I was walking into the area. I really didn't mind as he gave us an amazing tour. It's an interesting spot and was pretty cool to see the different areas of the lake. It doesn't take long to see the area and is really easy to get to using the maxi taxi.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

very knowledgeable guides. The whole visit was informative as well as enjoyable. Our guide even carried umbrellas as rain threatened. My guests loved being able to manipulate the tar and also take a dip in the sulphur pool.

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Brisbane
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259 reviews 259 reviews
97 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is the largest pitch lake in the world and is something you will not see anywhere else. If you are driving it can be quite hard to find as there are some major roadworks on the way. Look for an official guide who is very knowledgeable- some unofficial guides charge way too much. You need suitable footwear for walking... More 

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Maraval, Trinidad
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123 reviews 123 reviews
56 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is the third time I visited the pitch lake. On previous trips I have gone with the unofficial guides, however this time I pulled into the tourist centre and went with an official guide. He was quite knowledgeable about the tourist centre had clean toilets and a shaded picnic area.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Trinidadians call this the 8th Wonder of the World. The pitch from the lake lines the streets around Buckingham Palace. Wear flip flops and bring an umbrella in case of occasional heavy rains. Our guide Garvin was great.

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london
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We had seen pitch tar pools in other countries but nothing like this! Its a natural wonder that really makes you think ... and great fun. You need good footwear (that you don't mind getting wet if you are there in a rainy month);guides speak only english - and heavily accented - and are very knowledgeable. the whole thing is... More 

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UK
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134 reviews 134 reviews
59 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

You need to take flip flops or crocs to walk on the lake Quite interesting but if you are going in the rainy season make sure you take your own wet weather gear - our guide took extra umbrellas and we had enough each - but then extra people joined the group once we had left and when it rained... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is a sight I would invite anyone to see and the lilies that grow here in the little pockets of water. It gives a fragrance to the pitch smell all around. This is a must see in Trinidad and also taking a dip in the hot pool

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