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La Brea Pitch Lake

La Brea Village, Trinidad
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Ranked #14 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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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
36 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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Spruce Grove
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Great tour of the Pitch and the History behind the location. costs about 10 US per person. take the 1.5 hour tour dont waste your time on the bath.

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Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
48 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We made sure we had an official guide. They wear red shirts with their name printed on it. Our guide was Lindsay Passie. He has been giving tours for over 40 years. You can ask for him when you register at the office. The tour is about 30TT (5$ US). I recommend giving the guide a tip. As we began... More

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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Very nice tour guide, Took us through most of the Lake. Some places I stepped on were "gummy", some were hard, and walked around the liquidy areas... It was a nice quick stop, It took about an hour. You can bathe in the sulphur pools too.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

It is an interesting place to see. The place is located quite far from the capital, which gives you an option to visit some other attractions of Trinidad.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We visited as a group of travellers this place on our visit to Trinidad. It is quite a ride from the capital, where we stayed, but otherwise, great place, where to go. The most interesting part of the vist was to see, how is the surface moving and houses built on wooden platform. Here you really feel, how strong the... More

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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We visited here whilst stay with friends that live in Trinni We enjoyed the knowledge and information that was delivered during our tour by one of the locals. Our friends weren't happy with the amount he tried to charge thinking the four of us were tourists lol. Amazing that you can actually cover a stick with soft tar :-) Be... More

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Firstly make sure to get an official guide... NOT one of the touts which will approach you as you drive in. Park in the car park to the left and go to the little hut just inside the gates to find an official guide which should only cost TT$30 per person. The guides are really knowledgable and will walk at... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a unique site, one of 3 such in the world. Take a trip with a tour guide who gives you detailed information about the Lake, how it was discovered, etc. Then he takes you right on the lake. An act of nature, rarely seen in the world. Worth the trip.

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