Leave the Sunday best at home when you enter the primordial world that plays host to Trinidad & Tobago's Pitch Lake, the largest natural deposit of tar in the world. At first you might question why a place such as this would be a top travel destination – which some say looks like a huge parking lot - but as with any destination that represents something bizarre and unusual, you tend to get thousands of curious PlanetHoppers! First discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, the lake is located at the juxtaposition of two faults, which allows oil from a deep deposit to be forced up to the surface. The lake is over 100 meters (~ 350 ft) deep and yields slightly when walked on – though a car would sink fairly quickly. The lake is also alive, growing inexorably like a black hole and swallowing things in its path as it spread slowly outwards. It can only be described as a geologic oddity with enough natural asphalt produced to justify a permanent mining operation, which has supplied asphalt for use all over the world. If you're looking for something weird and wonderful and don't mind a bit of mess, then this place might just "pave" the way to a truly memorable travel experience.
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- Location: Pitch Lake, Trinidad and Tobago