La Brea Pitch Lake
La Brea Pitch Lake
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This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world.
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zdenek p
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We didn't even know there were any asphalt lakes so it was a great experience to explore one. It is an interesting place to visit but even the official guides are a rip-off. The tour took just about 30 mins and we paid TT 100 for each person. There were just two of us and the museum seemed a bit abondoned in these days.
Written February 24, 2022
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
La Brea Pitch Lake is one of only three natural asphalt lakes in the world. They process the pitch in the factory and export it all over the world. It may even be on the roads in your area! Our guide, Cyril Billy, was excellent. There is also a small museum which tells the story of the Lake.
Written May 31, 2023
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John P
Northampton, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A must see, lets face it how many asphelt lakes do you come accross these days, La Brea Pitch lake is situated in the south of the island not too far from San Fernando, Trinidads 2nd largest city, i recommend you to wear shorts, as you would want to walk through the water, to appreciate the surroundings, dont forget the suncream, and water as you are in the open, and remember to take your camera, sadly i left mine in the hotel room sorry!
Written February 16, 2008
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Jonn5y
Essex2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When you arrive at the turning into the road where the visiteres centre is. BE VERY AWARE OF SCAMMING FAKE GUIDES. If your in a vehicle, they will bang on your window and try and convince you to go the the lake with them. They will charge you nearly $100tt to drive your car down onto the lake, if your from the W.I. They might charge in $40tt-$50tt. Their clever trick after you drive onto the lake is to watch your vehicle sinking into the lake and have the cheek to charge you another $700tt to pull you out, because there are no tractors or any other help to get you out.
After you manage to by pass these people, take your vehicle and yourselves into the main gated area, park up on the right hand side. Make your way to the left side to nice clean toilets and a really warm welcome in the visitors centre, and an honest charge of $30tt and have a proffesional guides who will show you the museam. Then after take you down to the pitch lake by foot and show you something spectacular.
Written May 14, 2009
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jverdicchio
Matlock, UK219 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
There are 3 pitch lakes in the world. This is one that you can walk on. The official guide is worth the $US 12 for 2 adults, 2 children (and cheaper than the un-official guides) just to know where you should be going. On a sunny day you can feel yourself sinking very slowly into the pitch. Some people bath/swim in the waters that sit on the top of the pitch. You really need a car to get there and if you're coming from Port of Spain it is a long drive - allow 2 hours each way. If you are looking for something that little bit different, it's worth it.
Written August 13, 2011
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Climber14943
Tallahassee, Florida1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
La Brea pitch Lake is a must see on your trip to Trinidad. It has official guides to inform you of the history and qualities of this worlds largest natural asphalt lake. I was amazed this small country has this unique feature. However, on my ride to Maracas Bay, I was encouraged by the integrity of the roads as the route necessitated negotiating a meandering road on the side of a mountain. I will be back.
Written March 21, 2003
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pkkbyp
Trinidad4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Not even the Trinidadians recognise this treasure!!! It is a must see! Also, take the tour, the guides are full of great information. My husband and I took our kids along with us, they could not stop asking questions and were thoroughly engrossed in the experience! Well worth the trip!
Written February 11, 2008
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Terry T
Taree71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Very interesting place to visit. Be aware of the cost of a guide, $30TT, and not the $600, yes, six hundred, my wife and I were charged by a chap called Carl, who told us he was an official guide and that that was the cost. A right rip-off for a 45 minute tour. BEWARE!!
Written June 23, 2013
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star_moon054
Diego Martin, Trinidad4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2010
My partner and i visited the pitch lake last year and found it to be an amazing experience. We definitely recommend people to visit the pitch lake and hear all the wonderful stories behind it. However when we arrived at the Pitch lake we were approached by some men who were tour guides and one of them accompanied us, when we were leaving my partner who is a UK resident was paying him for the tour and had to call to me after the man wanted more than $200 which he was given and was hassling him for money for his friend as well, so my advice is to get a quote up front and be careful with the tour guides they have up there.
Written March 17, 2011
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cmb2
Magnolia, Tx.1,267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's worth the price to take a tour to the Pitch Lake. This is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon and is the only thing like it in the world! Take one of the reputable tour companies or a trusted taxi/tour guide to take you to see this in the morning, then go to the Point-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust in the afternoon. (It's on the way back to Port of Spain.) You can walk on top of the pitch lake with a resident guide, you can even take a dip in the sulfur waters on the lake if you wear swimsuit & bring a towel. We didn't know about soaking in the water, or we would've brought swimsuits. Absolutely fascinating and you won't get this experience anywhere else in the world.
Written March 15, 2009
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