Looking to get out of the hustle and bustle for a day? Here’s a list of some of the best day trips in Trinidad, featuring beautiful flora and fauna and adventure in the great Trinidad and Tobago countryside.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
A bird lover’s dream, the Caroni Bird Sanctuary is the protected breeding grounds of the national bird, the Scarlet Ibis. Tour boats are located just off the highway and leave around 4pm. The shaded mangrove channels are also home to snakes, crabs and snails. Bird species include flamingo, common pootoo, tropical screech, pigmy kingfisher, straight-billed wood creeper, red cap mask cardinal, osprey, great grey heron and the great egret. At sunset the sky it lit red with as hundred of scarlet ibis return to roost in trees on an island in the middle of the swamp.
La Brea Pitch Lake
The Pitch Lake is one of the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world, estimated to contain 10 million tons. It is located in La Brea in southwest Trinidad, within the Siparia Regional Corporation. The lake covers about 100 acres and is reported to be 250 feet deep.
The Pitch Lake is a popular tourist attraction, that includes a small museum, from where official tour guides can show you the lake.
The lake is mined for asphalt by Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago. the Pitch Lake is one of the three largest in the world. Spanning 109 acres, the lake’s asphalt has been used to pave roads and airport runways. Pools formed from rain contain high levels of sulfur which are good for the skin and joints. An important aspect of earth’s history, the lake holds deep secrets about the formation of oil and gas. Artifacts from the First Peoples, for whom the lake was sacred, have been unearthed here; some can be viewed at the museum in the visitor centre where you can also ask for a tour guide.
Point-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust
Founded in 1966, the Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust is not for profit environmental non-government organization dedicated to environmental education and the conversation of wetlands and water fowl. This is a lush spread ponds and thick forest that is home to rare ducks, water lilies and lotus blossoms, cormorants, caimans, parakeets and peacocks. A bird lover’s paradise, the Trust is home to the black-bellied whistling duck, white-faced whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, white-cheeked pintail, wild muscovy duck, scarlet ibis, blue and gold macaw.
For more info: 658-4200 ext 2512, papwildfowltrust.org
Asa Wright Nature Centre
One of the first nature centers to be set up in the Caribbean, the Asa Wright Nature Centre offers bird watchers a chance to see dozens of hummingbirds, tanagers, honeycreepers, and bananaquits feeding up close. Asa Wright Nature Centre welcomes day visitors during the hours of 9am – 5pm. Guided walks with professional naturalist guides are conducted daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours.
Day visitors can relax on the Jade Vine Terrace or Verandah, which has a spectacular view of the Arima Valley and the many species of birds. Visitors have a choice of the Buffet Lunch in the Dining Room or the Sandwich Menu available on the Verandah. The Clearwater Pool is open to all Day Visitors.
For more info: asawright.org