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Travel from the comfort of your own sofa

Google Street View allows us to be transported to the most remote places in the world without having to leave the comfort of our own sofas. Our latest discovery? The ruins of Petra under the guidance of Queen Rania of Jordan.
The ‘pink city’ was carved into the rock of the Arava valley in Jordan over 2,000 years ago. Founded by the Nabataeans, it is home to a valuable group of archaeological sites. However, all this information we’ve given you so far, you can find out just by typing “petra’ into Google search. Now you can discover all the hidden secrets of Petra behind its imposing main facade thanks to Google Street View. Fancy a guided tour from the confines of your sofa? The Queen of Jordan becomes your guide while you explore the narrow alleyways of what is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It will seem just like you are actually walking on the reddish earth yourself, chasing every shadow and following this virtual tour through panoramic images.
Google cars use laser technology to determine distances and construct 3D images.
Photo: Irina Palei / Shutterstock.com

Become a Google explorer

The company is looking for volunteers to help draw this unique 3D map of the world. They’ll lend you their Trekker camera to take as many photographs as possible. Google hasn’t forgotten, however, that their most powerful tool is the users themselves and their expansive collection of panoramic photos. There’s still a lot of the (virtual) world to discover!

Don’t forget to stop off at the Great Temple: you can explore every inch of the small city of Petra and you’ll be amazed by the endless colourful shades of the Triclinium. You’ll want to repeat each part over and over again so that you don’t miss out on a single detail. Whilst you walk through the Siq, the immensity of the façade of the Treasury will take you by surprise. Don’t forget to visit the museum before you leave.
Entry is free of charge.
Jordan is the latest to be added to a long list of exciting destinations and unqiue adventures such as the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, a submarine trip along the Great Barrier Reef and trekking to Everst base camp. You can also explore The White House, the British Museum and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral 24 hours a day at the click of your mouse. Click on the map and start travelling! The hardest continent to explore in this way is Africa, so the Samburu gallery is especially recommended.
The first compilation of images using the Trekker camera was taken at the Grand Canyon in Colorado.

Let’s travel back in time

Street View doesn’t just let you travel to any place in the world, it also allows you to travel into the past. In its computer version, it allows you to enter a timeline that stores all images from Google since 2007. You’ll be surprised to see just how much the world has changed in ten years.

If you’ve never had the chance to go on safari, well now’s the time! The elephants in this reserve are protected by Save the Elephants and the local government, and therefore, it’s difficult to see them any closer than as shown on Google Street View. You can also experience another feature that not many travellers get to see: David Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage. There are few images as moving as these asides from the eye-catching images such as the schools of fish that swim around the Australian Greet Barrier Reef. Those passionate about marine flora and fauna can immerse themselves (literally) in this world and see what life is like so many metres underwater. Dive between the different images, accompanied by you travelling companion: a turtle or a manta ray. The Great Barrier Reef gallery is one of the first to have adopted this new technology so it’s a greatplace to start your virtual tour around ‘planet Google’.
Google updates its images regularly. You can consult old images on its digital timeline.

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