What a cool idea.
Re-posted from HuffPo
Armchair travelers rejoice! Google StreetView has set its sights on the Amazon.
A team of Googlers are currently traveling the Amazon by boat and by bike to collect panoramic images of the River and the surrounding communities, the Telegraph reports.
The team is filming a 30-mile section of the Rio Negro River tributary from Manaus to Terra Preta, the Daily Mail reports.
The tech giant has partnered with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) to get footage of the rain forest and is even employing locals as tour guides--locals will pedal tricycles armed with cameras to show indigenous cultures.
"Once all the images are uploaded to the internet, we can share the local culture and beauty of the Amazon with anyone, anywhere in the world. Without the vision, creativity and dedication of our partners, this endeavor would not be possible," Karin Tuxen-Bettman, the head of the Street View team in the Amazon, told the Telegraph.
Already, web surfers can explore Antartica, the Colosseum, Cape Town's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Whistler Blackcomb, and Stonehenge, among others, using StreetView.