Google Street View offers new imagery of Brazil and Mexican sites

17 Aug 2012

Chichén Itzá in Mexico on Google Street View

Internet search giant Google is enabling virtual travellers to further explore Brazil and Mexico through new imagery on its Street View service in Google Maps.

“You’ll now find colonial cities like Fortaleza, architecturally compelling cities like Brasilia and coastal landmarks like Recife, Natal and Salvador (in Brazil),” wrote Ricardo Blanco, communications manager for Google in Latin America, on the Google Official Blog.

“You can even virtually travel to the west side of Brazil and visit Foz de Iguaçu, or if you’re planning an upcoming trip, preview the the area around your hotel as well as nearby shopping malls, historic monuments, restaurants and more.”

Google has also unveiled Street View imagery of 30 Mesoamerican archaeological sites in Mexico.

Virtual travellers can visit Kukulkan’s Temple, the 1,100-year-old pyramid; the pyramids of Teotihuacan; and emblematic sites for the Mayans such as Chichén Itzá or “seaside archaeological jewels”, such as Tulum.

These new additions to Google Maps follow Google’s addition of new panoramic imagery features to its Street View portrayal of the Antarctic last month, including explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic