Google Argentina launched the incorporation into Street View of 13 National Parks of seven provinces of the country, such as Iguazú or Perito Moreno, whose corners and natural wonders can already be explored through 360º images, with a single click from computers, tablets and cell phones.
The 360 ° images -captured by a special camera with 15 lenses- are important because in addition to bringing the "possibility of contemplating the beauty of our landscapes closer together they generate decisions when planning a trip," said Emiliano Ezcurra, vice president of the Administration of National Parks, which depends on the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
The official was present at the launch, which took place in the Buenos Aires offices of Google Argentina, where this special collection made up of 13 parks was launched: Los Glaciares, Iguazú, Mburucuya, Predelta, El Palmar, Patagonia, Perito Moreno, Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo, Los Alerces, Lago Puelo, Los Arrayanes, Nahuel Huapí and Lanín.
To visit each of the collections, you have to enter Google Maps and do a search for the park you want to know.
In addition, in the Street View mobile application - available for Android and iOS - you can access the version prepared for virtual reality glasses, explained Matías Fuentes, Google's product manager, during the launch.
The images are also on the Street View site - available in more than 65 countries and which has already traveled more than 11 million kilometers on seven continents- (www.google.com/maps/streetview/explore), where the main collections from all over the world.
The experience of collecting images of the national parks began in June 2015 and concluded in March: "It was 10 months of work that will allow people to visit the most beautiful places in the country," highlighted in dialogue with Télam Maite Iturria, Street View manager for Americas.
The tool used was the "trekker", a ball-shaped camera with 15 lenses that point in different directions and take photos at the same time.
"Those 15 photos are, at first, like separate mosaics. Then they are reconstructed, using processing algorithms, to form the 360-degree image that we call 'Panorama'," Iturria described.
On this occasion, 150,000 panoramas were achieved, by traveling 350 kilometers in seven provinces (Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz) to register the 13 National Parks.
"More and more new destinations are being sought in the world and many people visit Argentina," Ezcurra said, adding, "These virtual tours represent a powerful tool for promoting tourist destinations."
"The National Parks are part of the country's productive scaffolding, such as the wine or automotive sector, which generates employment and foreign exchange income. That is why this contribution in the Street View service is very important," said Ezcurra.
Less than three hours from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, is the Predelta National Park: "A really spectacular place to rest, see animals, or do sports like kayaking," said the official.
He also indicated that on the National Parks website -and also on his Facebook account- there are the addresses of the municipalities with all the useful data so that people can contact each other, see maps and know at what time of year it is preferable to visit them.
Regarding the Street View service, in Argentina coverage has already reached "almost 200 cities, which are added to all the main access roads," reported the service manager for Americas.
"In 2014 we began to publish the first images of the country, and from there we increased the coverage that we constantly update," he said.
A new Street View functionality, he said, is the so-called "Time Machine", which allows users of the service to see the same point (a corner of Buenos Aires, for example) along the different times it has been photographed.
"These collections of National Parks, representative of the natural heritage of a country, are the best example of how Street View can bring everyone to visit these places of great value", Iturria highlighted.