Santa Elena De Uairen, Venezuela
Japanese tourists take shelter from the rain next to a rock formation on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's...
Japanese tourists take shelter from the rain next to a rock formation on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 17, 2015. A mysterious table-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th century explorers and inspired "The Lost World" novel is attracting ever more modern-day adventurers. Once impenetrable to all but the local Pemon indigenous people, now several thousand trekkers a year make the six-day hike across Venezuela's savannah, through rivers, and up a narrow path that scales Mount Roraima's 600-meter cliff-faces. While that is a help to Venezuela's tottering tourism industry and brings revenues to local communities, it is also scattering a prehistoric landscape with unwanted litter. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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