Far-Flung Amazon Village Hitting Google Street View
Brazilian villagers had never heard of Google before
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2011 5:48 AM CDT
A Google team heads up Brazil's Rio Negro.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Google's effort to extend Street View to places well off the beaten track has brought it to a remote village on a tributary of the Amazon. A Google trike with nine cameras attached was sent to the remote Brazilian community of Tumbira and traveled up and down its paths and trails, the Washington Post reports. The project in Tumbira—where few people had even heard of Google before the team arrived—was thought up by a local environmental organization.

Google aims to have Tumbira up on Street View later this year, after the countless photos of the village, river, and surrounding forest have been stitched together. "You’re floating down the river and you see a community and you stop and you get off the boat and then hike up the hill to the community and then walk around,” says a Google Earth Outreach project manager. “It’s exactly how it is when you are up there, except maybe without the smells and sounds."