In August 2011, members of Google's Brazil and U.S. Street View teams captured ground-level images of the Rio Negro Reserve. As of March 2012, you can float down the Amazon River as if you're really there.
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Unless you're planning to travel across the icy Southern Ocean or deep into the Brazilian rainforests for your next vacation, you probably won't see Antarctica or the Amazon anytime soon. The same goes for the world's less remote places. Many of us, depending on location and circumstances, may never see Australia, Asia or even common European tourist attractions.
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Though it's not exactly the same as being there, we can visit these areas and other amazing sites across the globe with Google Maps. More than just checking out satellite imagery, we can actually survey the land (or the sea) with Street View as if we're on foot (or boat, or rail, as the case may be).
Check out the gallery for some cool examples of what Google Maps Street View has to offer. What other areas have you explored with Street View? Tell us about your adventures in the comments below.
This story originally published on Mashable here.