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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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Nice place if you don't mind the drive and the traffic jams

The pitch lake itself was amazing. The place is large and there is so much to experience there. From tearing the upper layer of pitch to cleaning your gold jewellery and eating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Angela L
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San Nicolas, Aruba
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I'm excited to review the Pitch Lake, because I'm originally from the area. Growing up we would go almost every week to bathe in the bodies of water that you find when you go. A lot of people that live in the country do not realize what a magnificent wonder of the world they have in their backyard. The water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Must see in Trinidad, it's a fascinating place. Excellent guides! Pay attention that you get a tour with the official guides! They are much cheaper!

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San Nicolas, Aruba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The pitch lake itself was amazing. The place is large and there is so much to experience there. From tearing the upper layer of pitch to cleaning your gold jewellery and eating sweeeeeet cashews. You could take a dip in the water, take some water with you or take amazing pictures of the scenery. Get a certified guide we decided... More 

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East End, Tortola BVI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I was excited to take my husband to see this natural resource site. We stayed on the northern part of Trinidad so it took us about 90 minutes to get to the La Brea Pitch Lake. This is the only pitch lake in the world where you can walk on it. Luckily I did my research before making the trip... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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15 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If when you arrive you drive straight into the compound for the official guide you will get a far better tour for what I believe was tt20. There will be the usual rogues trying to persuade you to do their versionof the tour rather than the community run version when you arrive. It is only fair that visitors have a... More 

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leeds
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I'm really glad we came to see this place. You walk out onto this vast expanse and feel that you might sink at any moment. One of the wonders of nature - being exploited but seemingly none the worse for it. By the by it's a good place to see osprey.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We would have driven straight past this as it's looks just like a large, unused area with nothing much happening. It's well worth the guided tour. Some amazing facts...........provides pitch to every country in the world, all from this tiny little place.

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This place looks like out of world. You will see this place hides so much in it, rusitng iron, sulphur, fresh tar coming from earth and thena spring of water. You need to have guide which is from government and charge 30 TTD per person and its worth trying. I will recommend you to go in eve as during day,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Address: Address: La Brea Village, Trinidad
Location: Caribbean  >  Trinidad and Tobago  >  Trinidad

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