Port-of-Spain to the Pitch Lake to VESSIGNY
Price: Adult – TT$90.00
Child – TT$85.00
Special group rates for 20 persons and over!Prices does NOT include Meals, Refreshments and Costs of any ancillary tours and activities (eg at La Brea Pitch Lake)
The tour begins at the Railway Building, South Quay, Port of Spain and journeys to the South-West Coast of the island.
The first point of interest is the Pitch Lake at La Brea, one of the natural wonders of the world. The Amerindians believed that the lake formed because of a punishment from the Gods. They called it “Piche”, from which “pitch” was derived, meaning asphalt. In his search for El Dorado, Sir Walter Raleigh came to a Port called Pierra de Brea (today known as La Brea), where he used the pitch from the lake to caulk his ships, claiming it was better than anything he had ever used!
The Trinidadian Lake Asphalt Company exports pitch via this natural wonder. The circular lake is approximately 100 acres (40 hectares) and 250 feel (75meters) deep at the centre. The lake holds a reserve of up to 10 million, and if the present rate of extraction is kept constant, it would last 400 years. It is also believed that the rain water collected in the nooks and crannies on the lake has miraculous healing powers.
At the lake, patrons will have the opportunity to take a professionally guided tour for a small fee.
From the Pitch Lake, the tour will then move through the lush countryside passing through Vessigny Beach and the Borough of Point Fortin