Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Roraima Tepuy seen at sunset at Canaima National Park.
An aerial view shows Roraima Tepuy, a flat-topped mountain, in the background on the Gran Sabana in Canaima National Park located in the south-east of Venezuela in Bolivar State close to the borders with Brazil and Guyana, January 13, 2005. In recognition of its extraordinary scenery and geological and biological values, the park was conceded World Heritage Status in 1994. The name of the park, which derives from the novel "Canaima" by Venezuelan author Romulo Gallegos, means "spirit of evil" in the language of the Pemon, local inhabitants of the park. The best-known feature of Canaima National Park are its characteristic flat-topped mountain formations known as tepuis from the local indigenous name. These mountains were popularised in the early part of this century in the novel 'The Lost World' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. REUTERS/Jorge Silva REUTERS JS/AS