There’s been more than its fair share of praise for Google’s Street View here at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG. Since its arrival in Brazil in October 2010 (Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil) there is so much we’ve been able to see and visit thanks to Street View – we’ve even been able to tour the Amazon!
Street View is a fantastic tool for the traveler. Being able to see things from street level allows you to get an accurate sense of the location of things and their external appeareance – a key issue when it comes to hotels. Google has now increased considerably its coverage of Brazil. Initially the service landed in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as well as the metropolitan regions of the mentioned cities and cities along the coast of São Paulo (Santos, Praia Grande, Guarujá) and the Historic Cities of Minas Gerais (Congonhas, Mariana, Tiradentes, Diamantina, São João Del Rei and Ouro Preto).
The list of new cities added to the service is extense (you can have a look at it here). On the map reproduced above (click on it to open it) you can see the current coverage of the service.
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Among the cities of interest to the traveler covered now by Street View we find:
- Angra dos Reis
- Arraial do Cabo
- Cabo Frio
- Foz do Iguaçu
- João Pessoa
- São Luís
As well as a miles and miles of Brazilian roads. Street View is an awesome tool, make sure you use it.
Is it still fresh in your memory the website we reviewed at Brasil 360° Experience – panoramic videos of Brazil? A spin-off app for iOS has just been launched so you can take the 360º videos around with you.
The app is quite large, it is free, it has a version in English and can be downloaded from here. If you deny the app permission to use your gelocation it won’t work – I’m telling you from experience.
The website of Brasil 360° Experience does not mention anywhere the iOS app.
Brazilian company UOL has an excellent resource called Situação das Praias Brasileiras providing tourist with valuable information on the bathing conditions at beaches on a sizeable part of the Brazilian coast, including beaches in the states of Alagoas (AL), Ceará (CE), Espírito Santo (ES), Paraíba (PB), Pernambuco (PE), Río de Janeiro (RJ), Río Grande do Norte (RN), Santa Catarina (SC), Sergipe (SE) and São Paulo (SP).
The information contained on the website is not as complete as we would like it to be as the states of Bahía, Maranhão, Paraná and Río Grande do Sul stopped releasing data for their beaches – as if they had anything to hide.
Simplicity is the strong and weak point of the website. A green man symbolizes beaches fit for bathing, a red man identifies those beaches unfit for bathing. No more information, no more details.
It is a handy tool when it comes to choosing a beach for your well-deserved holiday.
top 10 Brazilian beaches – 2009 edition
nudism and nudist beaches, the situation in Brazil
Brazil beaches – my second photobook
The Brazilian tourism authorities recently launched the website Brasil 360° Experience, with versions in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
While most travelers are familiar with panoramic and 360° photos, 360° videos will be a novelty for many. As the image moves, the viewer can change the angle of vision and point the camera in whichever direction he chooses. It is a technology that produces surprising and fascinating results. Brasil 360° Experience aims at surprising the views with moving images of a handful of Brazilian tourist destinations.
The website contains videos of Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabá and the Pantanal, Curitiba and Foz de Iguazú, Manaos and the Amazon and Salvador de Bahía.
The page contains a link “Know more about…” that takes the reader to the Brazilian Tourism Portal, a true liability for the promotion of Brazil as a tourist destination. At the portal, when the tourist tries to find out more information about, say, tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro, he or she will find the following screen:
Worry not. If you want more info on the destinations covered by the new website, you can check our very own entries for those destinations:
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