Starting today, on the World Environment Day, the images of three Peruvian natural protected reserves have become part of Google Street View, allowing people anywhere in the world to explore the natural and cultural richness offered by these ecological wonders.
This was made possible thanks to an agreement inked by the Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) and Google, which allowed the internet giant to capture images of the national said areas to be later included into Google Street View, so those can be discovered by people from around the world.
On this first stage, the images of Paracas National Reserve (Ica), the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve (Arequipa), Punta Lomitas National Reserve (Ica) and those of the Ballestas Islands and Islets National Reserve are to be seen and, of course, explored.
Sernanp explained these pictures have been captured since 2013. Other natural areas will be included during a second stage, it added.
Google used the same technique as in other cities of the world, such as taking pictures with cameras featuring (360º) panoramic views. These are installed in cars, motorcycles, bicycles and even backpacks held by trekkers who travel around these natural areas.
The Internet company has become an extraordinary means to promote the natural protected areas as main cultural and adventure destinations.
“Street View is a feature available in Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Maps for mobile that allows users to explore the world through 360-degree street-level imagery,” Google states.