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La Brea Pitch Lake

La Brea Village, Trinidad
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Ranked #12 of 51 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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Antigua
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
31 helpful votes 31 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
46 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Watersmeet, Michigan
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48 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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