Image: Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

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Modern Day Adventurers Explore Venezuela's 'Lost World'

A mysterious mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that inspired the "The Lost World" novel is attracting thousands of tourists every year.

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Image: Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

A mysterious table-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th century explorers and inspired "The Lost World" novel is attracting modern-day adventurers. Once impenetrable to all but the local Pemon indigenous people, the six-day hike across Venezuela's savannah, through rivers, and up a narrow path that scales Mount Roraima's nearly 2,000-foot cliff faces attracts several thousand trekkers a year.

In the photo above, Pemon indigenous porters walk on the road to Mount Roraima.

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Image: Japanese tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

Japanese tourists walk down from the top of Mount Roraima on Jan. 18.

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Image: Tourists bathe on a river at the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

Tourists bathe in a river at the top of Mount Roraima on Jan. 15.

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Image: Kukenan and Roraima mounts are seen from the Tec Camp, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

Mount Kukenan and Mount Roraima tower over the Tec Camp on Jan. 14. While expeditions help Venezuela’s tourism industry and bring revenue to local communities, they also scatter the prehistoric landscape with unwanted litter.

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Image: Pemon indigenous porters cover themselves from the rain with plastics bags on top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

Pemon indigenous porters cover themselves from the rain with plastic bags on top of Mount Roraima, on Jan. 16.

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Image: Tourists walk down from the top of Roraima Mount, near Venezuela's border with Brazil

Tourists walk down from the top of Mount Roraima on Jan. 18.

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