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La Brea Pitch Lake, Trinidad
(4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Walk over semisolid black asphalt at La Brea Pitch Lake, the world's largest asphalt deposit. Covering an area of 40 hectares (100 acres), the black, viscous asphalt can be walked over in its spongy state--affording an experience like no other. Thousands of years ago, a process called subduction created this geological feature when the Caribbean continental plate was forced under an adjacent plate, allowing oil buried deep underground to rise to the surface. The lake actually represents a very familiar resource, providing much of the asphalt laid down on roads all over the world. Put La Brea Pitch Lake and other La Brea attractions into our La Brea trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visiting the pitch lake is like time travel and space travel combined. Early European explorers stopped here to tar the bottom of their boats, the landscape is otherworldly and you learn on the tour t...  more »
  • I went to the tar lake during the dry season, and it still was a beautiful sight. It's something rare that most people may not ever experience. I enjoyed it. 
  • The Pitch Lake is a strange phenomenon that anyone who's near should visit. It's hard to describe what you see, but worth a trip! Note! Pay attention to where you park your car. Nearest to the road is...  more »
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  • Probably one of the best places to visit on the island. There's no official your guide but you will be led out to the lake by a real local guide. Depending on who you are with, there may be a fee. However I even if no fee is asked for upfront it is nice to tip the man for keeping you alive and imparting some valuable local knowledge. Take a camera because there's a lot of beauty and wonders of this world to capture.
  • The place is great some tour guides are wonderful while some need a few lessons in being a tour guide nevertheless this is a great place to go with family take a tour of the lake in the rainy season even bathe in the lake and learn a lot about the third wonder of the world
  • thought it was a dried up lake and we wasted time driving there.... then a guide taught us all about it and it was absolutely fascinating
  • Enjoyed our visit at the pitch lake tour guide was very informative
  • If you visit during Trinidad's rainy season. The pitch lake is covered in water which makes it a great place to hung out with friend and bathe. Not to mention the water is said to be good for your skin.