Wonder of the World - Trinidad (2days)
Duration: Half Day
This mystical South Trinidad island tour is an experience not to be missed during your holiday in the Caribbean.
Day1: Pitch Lake & Hindu Temple in the Sea
The first day of the tour will take you past sugar cane and rice fields, as well as oil, gas and petro-chemical industries before reaching Point Fortin, the smallest borough in Trinidad and Tobago. The town grew into a major oil-producing centre in 1906 after petroleum was discovered in the area, but it was hit hard by economic recession in the 1980s, at the end of the oil boom, and the oil refinery was closed down. You will get the chance to visit the fascinating Pitch Lake in the village of La Brea, which was discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595.
Considered by many locals and visitors as another natural wonder of the world, this tar lake is one of only several located throughout the world. It has fascinated scientists and explorers for centuries because is of its natural asphalt. Packed with underground minerals, and strong sulphur content, bathing in the lake is reputedly therapeutic, offering rejuvenation for skin, muscles and joints. As well as being a tourist attraction, Pitch Lake is mined for asphalt which is used in Trinidad and exported around the world for high-quality road construction.
Your drive with then continue to San Fernando, the second largest city in Trinidad. Here you can enjoy lunch before continuing through Waterloo to see the idyllic Hindu Temple in the Sea, or the Waterloo Temple, an historical site and place of Hindu worship. The temple was built by Sewdass Sadhu, an Indian labourer who was arrested for building a temple on the sugar cane fields in which he worked. Returning from prison, he decided to build the temple in the sea instead. Just a short drive away, you will also see the Hanuman Temple, another example of Trinidad’s unique cultural mix.
Day2: Asa Wright Nature Centre & Port of Spain City
Driving through the mountains of Trinidad's Northern Range will bring you to the Asa Wright Nature Centre. This beautiful nature reserve is nestled in Trinidad’s lush green, tropical rainforest, where exotic native wildlife and brightly coloured flora thrives. Look out for an abundance of reptiles, animals, amphibians, butterflies, insects and spectacular flowering plants, as well as numerous bird species, including hummingbirds, honeycreepers, thrushes, owls, tanagers, parrots, bananaquits, the rare nocturnal Oilbirds and many more. This is one of the best places for bird watching in the tropics, and a must for nature lovers.
Lunch is served before we drive to the Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city. Here you can interact with the city’s cosmopolitan, friendly people and visit the local sights. Observe the magnificent 18th Century Spanish buildings located around the Queens Park Savannah, and visit some of the capital's most popular landmarks − the Holy Trinity Cathedral and The Red House.
Next, you will journey to the west of the island, the first stop being the historical Fort George in the hills of St. James, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of western Port-of-Spain and the Gulf of Paria. Then, it’s onwards to Chaguaramas Military Museum, where you can learn about Trinidad’s military history and see one of the largest collections of historical military artefacts in the Caribbean. Finally, you will get free time to shop at the three-level shopping mall, where you can pick up gifts and souvenirs in a wide range of shops.
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