Google’s Street View is one of the best things that the Internet enables. It allows those of us who can’t afford trips around the world to see what the rest of the world looks like. It’s gotten even better over the past year as Google began to add more exotic locales to Street View like the Amazon and Antarctica.
This week’s update is an archaeology fan’s dream as Street View explores the ancient pyramids of Mexico. It also adds more Street View data from Brazil for good measure. Both locations have some impressive sites to show off to the world.
Here’s a particularly lovely part of Rio where you can see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue on top of the mountain to the North. It’s unfortunate that Google doesn’t have Street View imagery from on top of the mountain with the statue yet, but it will get there someday.
More impressive, however, is the Street View data from 30 archaeological sites in Mexico. The Mayans were behind some really impressive architecture. You can see it up close thanks to the efforts of the Street View team. Check it out:
Like with all Street View updates, it’s tantalizing to think what might come up next. Personally, I think Google needs to take Street View to space. It would be awesome to get some good color photos from the surface of the Moon. With Larry Page investing in space ventures, it may only be a matter of time before Google realizes my dream of comprehensive moon coverage.