La Brea Pitch Lake
La Brea Pitch Lake
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This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world.
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Arlene S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Trinidad is my home. It was great to visit with family and introduce my children to their heritage .
Written 2 August 2023
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Diane The Traveller
United Kingdom67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Certainly somewhere different to go. We made our own way there in a hire car and was allocated a guide on arrival. It was interesting to hear about the area and to walk across the lake.
Written 10 June 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
La Brea Pitch Lake is one of only three natural asphalt lakes in the world. They process the pitch in the factory and export it all over the world. It may even be on the roads in your area! Our guide, Cyril Billy, was excellent. There is also a small museum which tells the story of the Lake.
Written 31 May 2023
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Loverbeck
Copenhagen, Denmark86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Such a special, strange and beautiful place. We had a local guide, Cyril Billy, who was great at telling about the lake and the work on the factory.
Other people go swimming in the little pools of water within the asphalt because there are different minerals but we didn’t try that.
Written 21 July 2022
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Pam105
New Jersey85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Looking at Pitch Lake it appears to be a boring ordinary lake but one needs to experience it. Walking on, handling the tar and sampling the water is a worthwhile adventure, especially if you pay a certified tour guide. Our guide, Cyril/Cecil? was not only informative about Pitch Lake's industry and history, he had a good sense of humor. We stayed about 90 minutes that included visiting the small museum. It is recommended to wear old sandals/water shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Also, one can get stuck or actually sink into the tar so walking on the lake with a certified guide is highly recommended to avoid accidents.
Written 16 May 2022
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UpInTheAirDoc
Florida343 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
It’s a tourist trap. They want $40 for a tour and they don’t tell you until after the tour. Pretty classic tourist scam. Interesting place. Definitely not worth the price.
Written 24 February 2022
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zdenek p
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We didn't even know there were any asphalt lakes so it was a great experience to explore one. It is an interesting place to visit but even the official guides are a rip-off. The tour took just about 30 mins and we paid TT 100 for each person. There were just two of us and the museum seemed a bit abondoned in these days.
Written 24 February 2022
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RossBlake
Cranbrook, Canada917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Pitch Lake in La Brea is a surprising place to visit. What I thought would be a weird oddity to visit as part of a day trip on the island, it turned out to be a highlight and a definitely a recommendation. The lake is known as the largest natural bitumen deposit in the world. While being a tourist attraction, it’s also actively mined for bitumen for roads and a unique ecosystem for wildlife. Pitch from the lake has been mined in some way or another for 500 years, from waterproofing of boats to kerosene production to road bitumen/asphalt.

I visited the lake as part of a day trip with Sensational Tours and Transport (can’t recommend more!). We arrived at the lake and were set up with a guide called Daniel, a humorous older gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and a dry wit. We were informed that our feet would be wet, then on pitch in the sun, so we should wear the crocs provided.

We waded out onto the lake and traversed the faults where fresh pitch was rising as a liquid before cooling. Daniel explained the history of the site and the extent of the mining being undertaken. We were joined along the way by a local village dog on our journey and watched as an osprey had a meal on the tar. Daniel peeled a layer of tar “skin” to highlight the drying process. He also found fresh liquid tar and used a stick to show the viscosity, producing a ribbon.

Daniel found methane vents to flare with a lighter, showing how much gas is surfacing. He also told us about the otters waiting in the reeds to hijack birds landing to feed. We spent over an hour on the lake, witnessing spontaneous combustion under cashew trees to bubbling pitch. The cost was TTD$30 each and well worth the drive!
Written 7 February 2020
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TrailBlazer784821
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went with a guide which was invaluable as he showed us which pools to go in, and how long we should stay in the water depending on the sulphur content. He told us about the industry and history of the area which added detail to what appears to be an uninteresting landscape.
Written 29 December 2019
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You need about 60-90 minutes here depending on the timing of when the tar pit guide will star the visit (you need a special guide for this one).

Bring water shoes or sandals that are rubber based on the bottom and won't slip off easily. I sat in one of the sulfur ponds there so spend an extra half hour but you can see/learn about it all within an hour to hour and a half.
Written 29 December 2019
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