La Brea Pitch Lake, Trinidad

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#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. A visit to La Brea Pitch Lake represents just the start of the adventure when you use our La Brea trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visiting the lake suprised me in a good way. Really a must see if you are in Trinidad. Still can not believe this stuff just comes out of the earth. Be aware of the nonofficial guide. Official guides ...  more »
  • The lake itself is definitely an interesting attraction to visit on your stay in Trinidad. However, when we visited in the rainy season it was mostly flooded greatly limiting what can be seen. There i...  more »
  • I"m always amazed at nature. My visit was on a rainy day and we paid the tour guide who was great at explaining. I took a dip in the sulphur and oh it was so inviting and enjoyable. Will recommend but...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I bathed in a sulfur pond with sea gulls pooping around. It was great!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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