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La Brea Pitch Lake

La Brea Village, Trinidad
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Ranked #13 of 52 Attractions in Trinidad
Type: Bodies of Water, Geologic Formations
Activities: Walking
Description: This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world.
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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Giant tar pit being mined for asphalt production. Same geologic process as the one in Los Angeles, just much bigger. The tour guide told how the first asphalt roads in England and the USA used the bitumen from here. It was fascinating to walk around and on top of the soft surface. Watch where you step or you will ruin... More

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

When I was told of the existence of the the La Brea Pitch Lake, knowing that I was going to spend some time in Trinidad, I immediately thought "I have to see it!!!" So I went with a friend and saw it!!! A completely unique place and experience. Something you might imagine could only be seen in sci-fi movies! The... More

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I visited the La Brea pitch lake on a rather damp and rainy day. The guide we chose was very helpful. He was able to give us some historical insight into the attraction. He also took us to some pools which he said contained sulphur thus giving them a verdant hue. On his prompting we took a dip in the... More

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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very informative guide, enjoyable for kids and adults. Interactive 1 hour tour. Rough drive getting there though!

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Antigua
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you're a nature lover this is a good attraction for you. The pitch lake is a living organism onto itself in more ways than one. If visiting you'll want to wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet and a change of clothes incase you decide to go swimming in one of the sulfur ponds. The smell of the... More

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Surrey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

You will think about road surfaces differently after your visit to the Pitch Lake. Unique, awesome, smelly, humbling with a hint of danger. Worth the drive.

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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

If you have spare time go and see this place but don't expect so much especially if you come here during summer. Most lake are drying from sun's heat and the scene is a long stretch of black asphalt in the middle (about 100 acres circumference) surrounded with fruit trees and bushes. Wear comfortable shoes/sandal with higher elevation as you... More

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Scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Its a really odd place - but you must come here. Make sure you use an official guide - they are cheaper than the unofficial guides and give you the whole tour which is extremely interesting. Our guide had worked there for 28 years so he was able to answer any questions. We got to see the lake being worked... More

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Sure, you can read about it in the books but it doesn't compare to experiencing it firsthand! If you are a DIY traveller, catch the taxi to Sando (San Fernando - 45 to 60 minutes depending on how crazy your driver is) from POS at Independance Square South on the street next to the KFC and the bank; cost is... More

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ireland
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183 reviews 183 reviews
48 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Coming from Ireland I appreciate the natural history that goes into something like the pitch lake. It is a fascinating story, well worth the entrance fee. The LA brea area is a high crime zone so lock the car and only use an official guide. Bring old shoes etc

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