Many will never have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Amazon, but Google has made it possible for armchair adventurers to experience all of it courtesy of Google Maps Street View. Announced yesterday on World Forest Day, the tech giant shared incredible photographs collected over the past several months by a team equipped with a tripod camera with fisheye lens and Google Street View trike strapped onto a boat.
The collaborative project with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) captured 50,000 images (that were joined together to create ‘rainforest view’) of the river, rainforest, and surrounding local communities within the Amazon Basin’s Rio Negro Reserve. This created the ability to explore the rivers, forests, and communities of the amazon basin’s rio negro reserve within google maps.
Project lead for Google Street View in the Amazon, Karin Tuxen-Bettman wrote in a blog post:
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!
It’s amazing that this initiative is possible since many areas of the Amazon, including Rio Negro Reserve, are protected by the Brazilian government with restricted access to the public. Therefore, this Street View provides access to a special corner of the world that many of us otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience.
Check out some of the striking scenery below: