If you find yourself turned around while searching out undiscovered tribes, you'll soon be able to find the trans-amazonian route you need from Google Maps. Here's how they're doing it.
Google is teaming up with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, a local non-profit conservation organisation, and plans to send their off-road, Street-View equipped trikes—the same ones used to photograph off-road monuments like Stonehenge—to the Amazon basin to capture and stitch together a 360-degree view of its trails and tributaries. They'll pedal about—obviously—while on land, but the tricycles will be mounted onto the roof of a boat (see above) for the watery bits.
Initially, a 50km section of the Rio Negro River will be photographed as well as the villages and pathways in that area, "wherever civilisation meets the rainforest," Google stated in a press release. But in addition to exterior shots, the interiors of numerous buildings and community centres in the area will be recorded as well, in order to provide a "sense of what it's like to live and work in places such as an Amazonian community centre and school," said Google.