Tag: Google Maps

tour the Amazon with Google Street View

tour the Amazon with Google Street View

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To mark World Forest Day Google has released thousands of photos taken in the River Negro reserve in the Amazon. The photos can be seen through the Street View feature on Google Maps and the following video illustrates the fascinating process leading to the capture of the images:

There were shots taken in the river itself, on some of its tributaries as well as in the forest and the communities living in the reserve.

You can go directly to some of the locations clicking on the following links:

The new collection of images, as well as allowing viewers to reach the Amazon region from the comfort of their homes or workplaces, allows access to places that are out of bounds for tourism.


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We have a wealth of information on the Amazon region here at the Brazil Travel Blog. Check the articles out at the Amazon: an index of blog posts.

March 22, 2012 | By More
the weather in Google Maps – for Brazil and the rest of the world

the weather in Google Maps – for Brazil and the rest of the world

If you’ve been reading us for a while you’re probably aware by now that we are big fans of Google Maps and its use to support travel planning (we talked about it at GoogleMaps on the Brazil Travel Blog).

Google has just added a new weather layer to its Google Maps (you can read the official announcement at Rain or Shine, see the weather on Google Maps).

If you enter Google Maps and go to the widget on the top right corner where you select the different view modes (Map, Earth, Traffic, Photos and so on) you will see there is a new layer called “Weather”. If you select it, you will see weather-related symbols appearing on your map. We’ll be using Rio de Janeiro as our example:

If you click on the symbol next to Rio (sun and cloud) you will see a pop up window with the forecast for the coming days (as my settings for the Google Apps are in Spanish I’m seeing the info in Spanish, you will see it in English).

If you click on 10 days you will get yet more weather information.

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August 22, 2011 | By More
map of Paraty

map of Paraty

To complete the information given at destination: Paraty we are publishing the following map prepared with the help of Google Maps. You will find on the map the location of the most important sights in Paraty, the name of the streets of the historic centre and the most important beaches on the Paraty region (including nearby Trindade).


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Paraty is one of our absolute favourite destinations in Brazil. We hadn’t published a map before as only recently Google made high-resolution images of the area available.

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April 4, 2011 | By More
Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil

Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil

Google’s long-awaited Street View imagery of Brazil is finally here. For months, Google’s fleet drove throughout the streets of Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and a substantial number of towns in the metropolitan area of the mentioned cities taking thousands of photographs and documenting visually what Brazil looks like from ground level. Google’s cameras also photographed cities on the São Paulo coast (Santos, Praia Grande, Guarujá) and the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais (Congonhas, Mariana, Tiradentes, Diamantina, São João Del Rei and Ouro Preto).

To use Street View you need to access Google Maps, view any of the three cities mentioned above and drag the “yellow man” (on top of the zoom tool, left-hand side of the map) to see the outline of the steets with Street View coverage appear in blue colour. Drop the man and off you go, start visiting the city from a different perpective.

Street View has many uses. And obvious one is to check the location of a hotel or see the external appearance of tourist sight.

Here’s a few images of known tourist sights of the three cities mentioned above. Do you recognize them?

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Street View in Belo Horizonte

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Street View in the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais

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Street View in Río de Janeiro
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Street View in São Paulo

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And to end this blog post, a surprise at the São Paulo sambadrome. Enter the venue and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a carnival parade! Smashing!

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October 4, 2010 | By More
updated hi-res images of Ilha Grande

updated hi-res images of Ilha Grande

The latest round of imagery update by Google brought updated high-resolution coverage to new areas of Ilha Grande.

You can now see the details of all the constructions at the former Dois Rios penitentiary.


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If you need any reasons to visit the island, have a look from above at idylic Lagoa Azul.


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Or the equally beautiful Mangues and Pouso beaches.


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How about reaching this beautiful yet unknown corner of the most famous Ilha Grande beach?


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The recent images show the scar left by the landslide that provoked the Ilha Grande tragedy at the beginning of the year.


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Memories of the tragedy returned this week when I saw the publicity being made of a new “luxury” and supposedly “eco” pousada recently opened on the island and built (literally!) on top of giant boulders by the sea. God knows who gave permission for that horrendous building to be constructed. Chances are we will only find out if there is ever a new tragedy.

The starting point to all the information we have on Ilha Grande is this blog’s post destination: Ilha Grande.

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September 29, 2010 | By More