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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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A very strange place.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Bogota, Colombia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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102 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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279 reviews 279 reviews
113 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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