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How to soar through the Amazon - cheers Google!

Elissa Webster

This is an awesome way to whet your appetite for a South American adventure! Google's new addition to its Street View maps is an up close and personal view of the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, captured by sending special 360 degree cameras down a zip line. Cool!

Getting the pictures wasn't easy though. Google teamed up with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) to capture the footage.

Speaking to Mashable, Karin Tuxen-Bettman, program manger for Google Earth, explained, “The big challenge was finding where to put the zipline… This wasn’t an eco-tourism location where they had these sites already chosen and set up. [FAS staff] brought all their equipment by boat to the location and hiked several kilometers in to find this tree.”

(Side note: Karen has the best sounding job!)

 Image courtesy of Inhabitat

Image courtesy of Inhabitat

Google's partnership with FAS is part of Google’s Trekker program, which works with universities and non-profits, among other organisations, to help Google capture hard-to-reach corners of the world. This program has also brought us the super cool Google Street View tours of the Amazon River, the Great Barrier Reef and the islands, mountains and valleys of Japan. Sign me up!