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 Gran Couva trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • When you hear the history of the pitch lake, you will be awed. I would recommend this to not only tourists but, our own locals. Come to south. Visit guapo beach the pitch lake, go down to cedros.not o...  more »
  • Also the pitch Lake is listed among other attractions in Trinidad and even though he is not necessarily beautiful, he is nevertheless very interesting. Conditions (a Lake, which consists of natural asphalt) I write nothing, others have done that before. Just updated information: at the exit from the road we were welcomed right away by a "licensed" leader, who offered his services for $150TT according to 20 euro for two people for 90 minutes lead. We have adopted and were then around and on the Lake and supplied with the necessary information. Whether you could reject the leadership and go your way / should, know I not, I would say it is not recommended, because you get in addition to the interesting facts also references off where it is dangerous (you could sink too...!) We found the Aujsflug anyway, well, even though the directions from the capital and back about 5 hours took. Traffic on Trinidad and whose density is not to be underestimated, signpost, there is very few and the quality of roads is not also like ours in D, potholes have the dimensions ever to comfortably accommodate all crates. Good anyway.
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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 »
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  • Very Interesting place to visit. The smell of 'asphalt' will stay with you for quite a while after visiting, still it was worth visiting, even if only briefly. We spent about 45 minutes here and I enjoyed swimming in the lake for a few minutes. Upon arrival we were told where to park and asked if we were there to tour the pitch lake. We said yes. The gentleman, John, walked us down to the lake and went over many facts about the lake, most of which I already knew from reading about the lake on the internet. He did point out some interesting things to see along the way, including small fish in the lake, lily pads, and areas of a tar-like substance that you can lift up with a stick like molasses. There were no more than ten people at the entire area, yet we were rushed through the 'tour' and hurried back to our vehicle, the only vehicle there. It was at this point that John demanded $40 US from each of us, he did not want TT dollars. We had not brought anywhere near $80 US for a simple walking tour and we ended up giving him what we had, but he became extremely upset and told us we would 'know better next time'. I can say for us there will not be a next time here. Nowhere else did I see stating that these tour guides wanted $40 for a 45 minute walk and if I had known I wouldn't have gone. At least by sharing this, others can go prepared.
  • This is a natural wonder of the world. We hired a tour guide that took us around the lake and explained the operations of the company that mines the lake extracting the pitch and transporting it in the Brighton buckets. There are parts of the lake where the pitch is in its molten state and the guide took a stick and dipped it in and raised it up. There are small pools of water where visitors can bathe and soak in.
  • The pitch lake experience was great, except for the free lance tour guides ( hustlers) prowling out side who wants 80tt for a tour of the lake for unsuspecting people, I would advise visitors to take the official tour for 30tt our tour guide did a fantastic job.
  • Absolutely awesome experience. Our tour guide Mr. Billy was engaging and off loaded tons of historical facts on us. It was informative and exciting all at once. Best time to visit is during the rainy season when the pools are filled with water and it's cooler to explore.
  • It might look like a hole in the ground but it truly is one of the wonders of the world, look up it's history and the story about who owns it. Its both funny and enlightening.

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