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Discovering Venezuela's Lost World - 03 Feb 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 Pemon indigenous people, now several thousand trekkers a year make the six-day hike across savannah, through rivers, and up a narrow path that scales the cliffs to Mount Roraima’s nearly 3,000-meter summit. While that is a boon to Venezuela's tottering tourism industry and brings revenues to local indigenous communities, it is also scattering a prehistoric landscape with unwanted litter and straining a delicate ecosystem.
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February 03, 2015
Indigenous woven backpacks called guayare are seen in front of a house in Paraitepui village, before...
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Indigenous woven backpacks called guayare are seen in front of a house in Paraitepui village, before...
Indigenous woven backpacks called guayare are seen in front of a house in Paraitepui village, before a walking excursion to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 13, 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. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
A Pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January...
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A Pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
A Pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 13, 2015. 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. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
People bathe on the Tec river as they are on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with...
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People bathe on the Tec river as they are on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with...
People bathe on the Tec river as they are on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 13, 2015. 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
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February 03, 2015
A Pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January...
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A pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
A Pemon indigenous porter walks on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Japanese tourists climb from a helicopter on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil...
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Japanese tourists climb from a helicopter on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil...
Japanese tourists climb from a helicopter on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Tourists bathe on a river at the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 15,...
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Tourists bathe on a river at the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Tourists bathe on a river at the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Japanese tourists take shelter from the rain next to a rock formation on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's...
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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. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts are seen from the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January...
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Kukenan and Roraima mounts are seen from the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts are seen from the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Stars are seen in the night sky over Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts near the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's...
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Stars are seen in the night sky over Kukenan and Roraima mounts near the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border...
Stars are seen in the night sky over Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts near the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
A Pemon indigenous porter holds a light as he walks on the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border...
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A Pemon indigenous porter holds a light as he walks on the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border...
A Pemon indigenous porter holds a light as he walks on the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Tourists walk on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos...
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Tourists walk on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Tourists walk on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Tourists walk on Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos...
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Tourists walk on Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Tourists walk on Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Pemon indigenous porters cover themselves from the rain with plastics bags on top of Roraima Mount, near...
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Pemon indigenous porters cover themselves from the rain with plastics bags on top of Roraima Mount, near...
Pemon indigenous porters cover themselves from the rain with plastics bags on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Japanese tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January...
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Japanese tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Japanese tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 18, 2015....
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Tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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February 03, 2015
Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January...
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Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil
Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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