Google Forest Canopy View

When Street View started it was named ‘Street View’ because it was captured using cameras mounted on the roof of a car driving along streets. Since then Google has been shrinking the equipment, initially fitting it on a trike and later making it small enough to carry on your back known as the Street View trekker.

Since then the Street View cameras have taken a variety of different rides, such as Gondolas in Venice, Camels in Egypt, a quad bike in Greenland and even on diving expeditions.

Now the Street View cameras have taken a ride on a zipline through the Amazon rainforest canopy. This is thanks to the trekker loan program and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS).

Up in the Amazon forest canopy.

Click the image to explore in Google Maps’ Street View, or download this KML to find the location in Google Earth. The blue Street View outlines do not show in Google Earth, but if you drag the yellow man directly onto the pin, it should still to take you to the zip line images.

Navigation can be a little difficult and the view directly downwards is not good at all. The technique usually used on roads to erase the Street View car by using imagery from the next spot along the road doesn’t work so well in the air.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. Piotrek says:

    3D imagery now available in Poland: Katowice, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Czeladź, Będzin, Sosnowiec, Siemianowice Śląskie, Chorzów, Świętochłowice, Bytom.

  2. Purplehaze says:

    How come Google has only done small updates in the last several years instead of large sweeping ones? How come Disneyland (and other important recreational landmarks) have not been street viewtized?

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