La Brea Pitch Lake, Trinidad

4.3
#3 of 15 in Nature in Trinidad
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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  • August 4, 2017
    A wonder of the world. Please take the family to see this natural wonder!!!! The locals swim here for relaxation and cleansing.  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    fun and educational day. 1.water shoes 2. sunscreen 3.sunglasses 4. clothes you don't mind getting wet or a little dirty. 5. Tour Guide was amazing got participation out of two teens and even found wa...  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    been to the pitch lake more than once, very interesting. it is also good for the skin and color. A tour guide is present to give a detail on the background. It is also one of a kind in the Caribbean! ...  more »
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  • April 9, 2017
    Knowing that this is the Earth's largest natural deposit of asphalt and by 1900 over 12 million square yards of Trinidad asphalt pavement in 70 American cities, made seeing this an incredible experience.
  • June 5, 2017
    I bathed in a sulfur pond with sea gulls pooping around. It was great!
  • December 5, 2016
    The tour guide wasvery knowledgeable.we really enjoyed the tour. I was amazed by the ability of the lake to continue to replemish itself. This wonder of the world gives praise and honor to our amazing God.
  • March 10, 2017
    The experience is a bit underwhelming because it just looks like a muddy swamp. It is an interesting place to visit and see how pitch and asphalt is formed.
  • July 26, 2016
    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.

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