Google Street View now includes the scenic railways of Switzerland as well as the interior of selected businesses and buildings, but google’s latest foray is also its most impressive – send a Streetview camera down the Amazon Bason, mapping the rivers and estuaries. The project was designed to celebrate World Forest Day and is now available on google Street View.
Google captured more than 50,000 still images, which were then stitched together to create a 360º experience. This is what they say on their blog:
Take a virtual boat ride down the main section of the Rio Negro, and float up into the smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded. Stroll along the paths of Tumbira, the largest community in the Reserve, or visit some of the other communities who invited us to share their lives and cultures. Enjoy a hike along an Amazon forest trail and see where Brazil nuts are harvested. You can even see a forest critter if you look hard enough!