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Google’s StreetView may have been around long enough in the tech world to nearly earn the moniker of being seasoned, but it is where the functionality is going that is really interesting.

Most recently, StreetView’s photographing device (called a Trekker) has donned its fedora and slung a machete over its back and headed to the Amazon. In case this wasn’t enough, this Trekker was given the go ahead to abandon roads altogether and go ziplining.

The project is Google’s next step in its partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation. Their hope is that sharing the imagery of their local communities, rain forests and rivers with the world will raise awareness and support for their efforts to conserve these areas. Collected through the Trekker Loan Program, the new imagery generated is the result of boating down 500 km of rivers, walking 20 km of forest trails and ziplining through forest canopies.

To have your own virtual Amazonian experience, took a look at the video below. Upside: you don’t have to worry about running into the world’s largest ants, a poison dart frog causing your demise or an anaconda mistaking you for its version of finger food.

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