According to an article in The Washington Post, Google has sent a team to the tiny, remote Brazilian village of Tumbira in the Amazon jungle to take street-level pictures. I have used Google’s street-level pictures of Rio frequently for the feature Photos Illustrating Farewell Rio elsewhere at this web site. The following photo, taken from The Post’s article, shows a Google camera-equipped tricycle photographing Tumira.
It would be wonderful if Google has published street level views of the site of the former John Kennedy Hotel on Bananal Island by the time I get around illustrating the scene in Farewell Rio where Kate and John visit that hotel. At present, the best I can find are aerial views.
The Post’s article provides an amusing illustration of a longstanding Brazilian conspiracy theory — the idea that the United States intends to attack or otherwise seize control over the Amazon — an obsession that may sometimes have served to give the Brazilian Army something to do.