Google Street View maps the Amazon

23rd Aug 2011
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Planning a trip to the Amazon? Use Google Street View…

Google Street View has mapped the Amazon rainforest, according to their blog.

If you’re planning a trip to South America or the Amazon then it’s now viable to use Google Street View. They state that it ‘creates an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Amazon’.

They blog continues, saying:

“A few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams are currently in the Amazon rainforest using our Street View technology to capture images of the river, surrounding forests and adjacent river communities. In partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the local non-profit conservation organization that invited us to the area, we’re training some of FAS’s representatives on the imagery collection process and leaving some of our equipment behind for them to continue the work. By teaching locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.

“We’ll pedal the Street View trike along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages and manoeuvre it up close to where civilization meets the rainforest. We’ll also mount it onto a boat to take photographs as the boat floats down the river. The tripod—which is the same system we use to capture imagery of business interiors—will also be used to give you a sense of what it’s like to live and work in places such as an Amazonian community centre and school.

“In this first phase of the project, the Google and FAS teams will visit and capture imagery from a 50km section of the Rio Negro River, extending from the Tumbira community near Manaus—the capital of the state of Amazonas—to the Terra Preta community. We’ll then process the imagery of the river and the communities as usual, stitching the still photos into 360-degree panoramics.

“For many outdoor enthusiasts, travellers and environmentalists, this creates an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Amazon, which will be accessible in a way they’d previously only dreamed about. We’re honoured to work with FAS on this project to bring the Amazon online for those who can’t visit in person, and help our partners share with the world the unique stories of its inhabitants and the beauty of this place they call home.”

Google Street View was first launched in May 2007 and has become somewhat of a useful travelling tool, helping lost travellers all around the world.

If you’re planning a trip to South America or Brazil then read Hannah Simmons’s Guide to Brazil.

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