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La Brea Pitch Lake

Address: La Brea Village, Trinidad
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Ranked #13 of 48 Attractions in Trinidad
Type: Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner 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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Brisbane
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255 reviews 255 reviews
95 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Trinidadians call this the 8th Wonder of the World. The pitch from the lake lines the streets around Buckingham Palace. Wear flip flops and bring an umbrella in case of occasional heavy rains. Our guide Garvin was great.

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london
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We had seen pitch tar pools in other countries but nothing like this! Its a natural wonder that really makes you think ... and great fun. You need good footwear (that you don't mind getting wet if you are there in a rainy month);guides speak only english - and heavily accented - and are very knowledgeable. the whole thing is... More 

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UK
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129 reviews 129 reviews
58 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

You need to take flip flops or crocs to walk on the lake Quite interesting but if you are going in the rainy season make sure you take your own wet weather gear - our guide took extra umbrellas and we had enough each - but then extra people joined the group once we had left and when it rained... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is a sight I would invite anyone to see and the lilies that grow here in the little pockets of water. It gives a fragrance to the pitch smell all around. This is a must see in Trinidad and also taking a dip in the hot pool

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Trinidad
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This truly remarkable Wonder of the world holds up to its name.Not only is this natural resource a phenonema but its usefulness to mankind.Spending time with family and exploring this vast lake is a worthwhile experience.The elements that is composed in the pitch helps heals wounds and cuts.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Giant tar pit being mined for asphalt production. Same geologic process as the one in Los Angeles, just much bigger. The tour guide told how the first asphalt roads in England and the USA used the bitumen from here. It was fascinating to walk around and on top of the soft surface. Watch where you step or you will ruin... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

When I was told of the existence of the the La Brea Pitch Lake, knowing that I was going to spend some time in Trinidad, I immediately thought "I have to see it!!!" So I went with a friend and saw it!!! A completely unique place and experience. Something you might imagine could only be seen in sci-fi movies! The... More 

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I visited the La Brea pitch lake on a rather damp and rainy day. The guide we chose was very helpful. He was able to give us some historical insight into the attraction. He also took us to some pools which he said contained sulphur thus giving them a verdant hue. On his prompting we took a dip in the... More 

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