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 San Fernando trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Trinidadians often cite Pitch Lake as being the eighth wonder of the world. It doesn’t look particularly impressive, but this 40,000 square metre site is the largest deposit of pitch in the world and ...  more »
  • Flew in from US, met friends in Trinidad prior to our Tobago adventure who insisted it was a must see while in Trinidad. Checked out the reviews and it didn't seem like something we'd be into entertai...  more »
  • One of the guides had to be persuaded to take me for a walk on the lake. She was pretty crabby that she had to take one person out and was vocal about this, and made sure to get the walk over with as ...  more »
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  • I was disappointed with our tour guide. We paid $72 and all he did was walk us half way on the pitch and left us by a puddle. We heard some history and he showed us the methane and salt and best place to bathe but that was it. We did enjoy having a long soak in this natural wonder! Shame about the cashews not being so young. But it was still nice to see a couple cashew trees. Maybe next time we would ask for the Rasta tour guide as he seemed full of life and spoke to us when he passed us soaking in the lake.
  • Very nice tour especially if you have a great guide! Lots of photo opportunities and new museum as well. Tour price was reasonable.
  • It's a large field of pitch. Nothing more. The guide was a jolly old man. The smell was unique and it is a good visit at least once if you are in Trinidad.
  • 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.
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