5 Things You Didn’t Know About T&T

Largest Natural Deposit of Asphalt in the World

natural-wonders-of-the-world-pitch-tar-lake-la-brea-trinidad-geulogy-advert10 million tons to be exact! Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is one of the largest natural deposits of asphalt in the world! Located in the southwest of Trinidad, this natural marvel was created by tectonic activity in the Caribbean Region.

Local legends about the Pitch Lake reveals another tale of how the lake was developed however.

Callifaria, daughter of a local tribal chief, who fled to her lover, Kasaka, a prince of the rival Cumana tribe. Her father, Callisuna, attacked the Cumanas, recaptured his daughter, and forced her to return home, tied to a horse. The winged Arawak god, Pimlontas, was so angry that he damned the village and caused it to sink into the earth, then covered it up with “piche.” (DestinationTT)

An estimated 10 million tons of asphalt has been extracetd from the Pitch Lake since mining started in 1867. Years of excavation, exploration and mining has revealed Amerindian artifacts, fossilized remains and a 4000 year-old tree that appeared only to sink again into the lake!

Home to the Most Important Turtle Nesting Grounds

Did you know that Trinidad holds one of the largest nesting grounds for turtles in the world?

At both Grand Riviere and Mathura, located on the north coast of Trinidad, visitors can see first-hand, the beauty and majesty of nesting Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Green turtles. All turtles who come to our shores to nest are protected by law in Trinidad and Tobago.

Visitors who would like to witness the marvels that take place during nesting season (March to September) are encouraged to arrange a tour with a reputable guide. Trinidad and Tobago’s Forestry Division keeps track of all authorized tour guides and tour operators so make sure to visit this link to see a list of reputable tour guides.

Home to the One of Hottest Peppers in the World

Want to know where Trini people get their fiery passion from? I’ll let you in on a secret: in 2012 the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper was named the hottest chili in the world.

Currently it’s at the #2 spot of the world’s hottest peppers, knocked off its throne by the infamous Carolina Reaper. But as Trinis say “doh study dat!” It’s still every bit as hot as the Reaper. Registering at over 2 million on the Scolville heat scale, the Moruga Scorpion engulfs your taste-buds in a haunting heat. Grown and harvested right here in Trinidad – there’s no slowing this pepper down.

This isn’t the only record breaking pepper to make its name on the world stage – the 7-Pot Douglah (#3 hottest chili) and 7-Pot Barrackpore (#9 hottest chili) were also developed in Trinidad, registering at 1.8 and 1 million respectively on the Scolville scale. So, “if yuh name man” try one!

We have our very own Glowing River

This one’s really special and by far one of T&T’s rarest attractions. Our Ortoire River in Mayaro glows blue for just a few days ever decade or so…then in an instant the phenomenon is gone not to be seen for years!

The glowing is said to be the result of a sudden growth of bio-luminescent organisms in the river. Those who have witnessed this nocturnal, natural light show tell of the magical glowing with any disturbance of the water. Check our this video!

Home to the Oldest Forest Reserve in the Western Hemisphere

main-ridge-forest-reserveNow we’re heading over to Tobago – did you know that Tobago us home to the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere?

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve was set aside in 1776 and comprises of 3937 hectares of protected area. The purpose of its establishment was “for the purpose of attracting frequent showers of rain…”. However today it has grown into so much more.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve is an evergreen forest that provides habitats to many species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Of the many species, most significant is the Sabrewing Hummingbird, which was declared an Environmentally Sensitive Species by the island’s Environment Management Authority in 2005; and the Ocellated Gecko – an animal not found in any other part of the world!

Presently, the Reserve is predominantly used for ecotourism on the island, with tourists being able to partake in bird watching exhibitions, biking and nature walks along the main trail.


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A Day Out in Trinidad

For all our visitors who have a day to spare in sweet Trinidad, we’ve got a guide for you! Whether you’re with us for a layover or you’ve left a free-day in your schedule for  spontaneous fun, here are some activities you’ll be able to enjoy during the few hours you have on our beautiful island!

Family Fun at the Heart of Port of Spain

At the heart of Port-of-Spain lies a plain of greenery, as far as the eyes can see. In the vast concrete jungle that is Trinidad’s capital, the Queen’s Park Savannah is a much needed oasis.

Did you know that the Queen’s Park Savannah is the largest roundabout in the world? That’s right! However, the Queen’s Park Savannah is so much more than meets the eye. It’s circumference holds a host of fund activities that will keep you and the family immersed in Trinidadian culture for the entire day. Here’s what we recommend:

Start the day off early with a trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo.

 

The Emperor Valley Zoo was founded in 1952. It is situated toward the northern side of the Queen’s Park Savannah. With exhibits that spread over seven acres, we promise your family and friends will have lots to see and do at the zoo. Click the photo for directions to the zoo!

ZooVisitors will be able to see a host of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. From the playful otter putting on show for the kids, to vibrant macaws calling out to onlookers; from agile monkeys that swing from ropes and branches to the lazy crocodiles basking in the warm Caribbean sun. Let’s not forget the majestic tigers and lions, prowling around – kings and queens! And best of all those stately giraffes, taller than we could ever be.

The little ones will LOVE some cotton candy, all the colours of the rainbow and no matter your age, there’s no way you can say “no, thanks!” to an ice-cold, creamy, sugary snow cone.

Have we got you interested? Visit the Zoological Society Official Website for information about the Emperor Valley Zoo (Opening Hours, Cost of Admission, Tours etc.)

Next, have a picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Trinidad & Tobago.

Conveniently located next to the zoo, this is a perfect spot for a lunch-time picnic! As the day heats up around mid-day, migrate to the botanical gardens where you can relax in the shade of over 700 varieties of trees.

The Gardens consist of twenty-five hectares of marvelously landscaped grounds. The kids can runs around and your feet can get a much needed break! There’s a path that you can take to walk through the gardens if you so desire and plenty of peaceful spots for lounging in the shade.

Hungry? Walk around the Savannah!

Okay, so what’s next. It’s mid-afternoon right about now, and you’re beginning to feel snack-ish. Don’t worry – food’s not far!

DSC00170Around the Savannah you’ll find a host of local Trinidadian food and drink for an afternoon pick-me-up. Fresh coconut water (straight from the coconut of course), ice-cold homemade ice cream, doubles, polourie and pies, or what about some tantalizing chow? Whether you’re in the market for salty or sweet a quick stroll around the Savannah’s periphery will have you munchies sorted in no time.

What next? Fly a Kite!

The Easter Season, fondly known as “Kite Flying Season” in Trinidad is the most popular time for making and flying kites, as there’s a whole competition organized around it! But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk with one, or buy one from a local vendor and have some fun of your own.

imagesThe winds in the Savannah are ideal for kites of any shape and size to sore effortlessly. By this time the sun should be dipping to reveal magnificent pinks and oranges in the sky above. In a world of screens and virtual entertainment, you’ll be happy for the time outdoors with your friends and family.

Final Stop: Open Air Food Court 

Finally, the sun has laid its head to rest and the stars are out to play. We’ve written a bit about this one before so make sure to hop over to read all about our Top Picks for Street Food in T&T.

In the mean time however, we’ll give you a sneak peak. At night, the once peaceful Queen’s Park Savannah get’s transformed into a hub of street food vendors and lively music. Locals from all over Trinidad converge on a tiny corner of the Savannah, in the cool nighttime Caribbean breeze for delicious local delicacies. Warm corn soup, salty bar-be-que glazed pigtails, spicy souse and creamy punches and smoothies made from local, natural ingredients. As Trinis would say, “Yuh cah go wrong!”.

End your day out with a full belly and a smile on your face. It’ll be time to head home soon and we guarantee, you’ll never forget your day out, in Trinidad.


So we hope we helped fill your day will enjoyment and outdoor fun for friends and family. You can book a stay with us via our website at any time. At First Capital Apartments, we’ve got you covered. Affordable, first-class accommodation? Check! Epic Travel Tips? Check!

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