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La Brea Pitch Lake

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Address: La Brea Village, Trinidad
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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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Weird and amazing place

I visited The Pitch Lake with a group of photographers. We found lots of things to interest us. Fascinating to see how the pitch wells up from the earth and brings things up with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rachel L
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited The Pitch Lake with a group of photographers. We found lots of things to interest us. Fascinating to see how the pitch wells up from the earth and brings things up with it eg logs, rocks, fossils. Some people bathed in the crystal clear water. The smell can be a bit off putting from the hydrogen sulphide gas... More 

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Thank Rachel L
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived early on a Sunday and touts tried to persuade us the official entrance was closed for the day. Beware! The security guard let us in early and an official guide soon arrived to take us around. We were the only ones on the lake and enjoyed seeing the ospreys as well as other wildlife and learning about this... More 

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Thank Rachel C
Trinidad
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My visit to the place was excellent. The tour guides that took me through were knowledgable and interesting. This place is one of the seven wonder of the world.

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Thank Trevor R
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179 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment you arrive at the village of la Brea, you can tell from the road and buildings you are in for a treat. We had a lovely guide Ameena (Hosein Clarke) who guided us onto the lake as far as safety allowed us. You need a guide to take you on the lake, they know the safe route.... More 

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Thank Stuart B
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This place is one of those things that you don't know exists until you get there. It is one of the 3 natural pitch lakes in the world and according to the guide the only one you can walk on. It is like walking on a soft lave field that in our case was with some water due to the... More 

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Visiting the pitch lake was a wonderful experience.. We bathed in the pools of water..There was not much people when we visited...

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Thank Alana S
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

"This tour is more educational and fascinating than adventurous, however that being said it is one of the only pitch lakes in the world you can walk on or swim in."-prairiegirladventure.com

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UK MIDLANDS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

watch the touts who act as guides. they say 100 dollars then demand 100 US dollars each!!! GO IN THE OFFICIAL CAR PARK AND GET AN OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE with price fully agreed either in $tt or $US for all or each.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Drive from port of Spain is beautiful Pitch lake is something to see if you are in the area. The tour was surprisingly very well organized and informative .

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Thank Ryan Y
Paramaribo, Suriname
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Wonderful tour of the lake. One of nature's wonders. Very informative and a nice guide. Expect a lot sun and heat and don't go with expensive shoes. Keep it simple.

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