Armchair travelers, get ready to go to the Amazon River. Google Inc. announced Wednesday that street view images of the Amazon's Rio Negro Reserve is now available through Google's Street View.
The challenge is figuring out where to begin your exploration -- you can take a virtual hike in the rainforest, or imagine floating down the wide Rio Negro -- the largest left tributary of the Amazon, and the largest blackwater river in the world. (Spin around 180 degrees and you'll see the wake of the boat in the river).
We also liked exploring the smaller tributaries where the forest has flooded.
The images were captured via the Google Street View tricycle, which the Google Street View team strapped to the top of a small boat that cruised down waterways and pedaled around local trails and communities. Images of schools and community centers were collected through tripod technology.
In a blog post about the project, Karin Tuxen-Bettman, project lead of Google Street View in the Amazon, writes that her team used 50,000 still photos to create the immersive, 360-degree panoramic views.