Google is expanding its Street View offerings to include dozens of 360-degree photo tours of ancient Mexican monuments such as Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Palenque.
The additions are aimed at helping Mexico “open a window to the world, to encourage physical visits to the pre-Hispanic sites and thus in turn benefit cultural tourism,” Miguel Angel Alva, director of marketing for Google Mexico, said this week in an announcement from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH.
Google collected the all-around views by having riders pedal camera-equipped tricycles around the Mexican sites, with INAH’s cooperation. INAH said the photo project started two years ago. Thirty sites have been added to Google Street View so far, with the aim of having more than 80 sites online by the end of the year. Eventually, all 189 of the archaeological sites under INAH’s custody will be cataloged, the institute said. Read more.