Good news for all you armchair adventurers! Thanks to Google, you no longer need to leave the comfort of your own home to explore some of the world’s most incredible places. Ever wanted to walk around the pyramids? Explore Machu Picchu? Go on an adventure into the Amazon rainforest? Well, don’t worry, Google’s got you covered!
Have you ever explored Google Street View – to see the front of your house, your friends house, a friend you haven’t seen since school who now lives in Madrid or Malibu, or the Guest House you’re thinking of booking in Cape Town? Well now, you can explore some of the world’s most enigmatic ancient sacred sites in the same way with the latest additions to Street View.
It’s not every single sacred site on the planet yet – so you aren’t going to be a complete authority within a few nights of laptop exploration, but it’s a fantastic start. No need to travel yourself interesting anymore, you can just armchair adventure yourself interesting instead.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Street View / Behind the scenes
The Pyramids, Egypt
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Taj Mahal, India
The Khumbu, Nepal
You can also visit Tiwuanaku in Bolivia, Pompeii in Italy, Borobudar Temple in Indonesia, and even take a trip along the Amazon. People will be inviting you for dinner to hear all your stories and see all your photo’s.
Zoom in to get close ups of the people and you have ready made friends you can include in your stories…just snapshot the images, pop them on your phone and if you make sure you don’t meet anyone in person for a couple of weeks no one will be any the wiser. We promise we won’t breathe a word.
But of course even though more and more of our lives are becoming virtual there is never anything like the real thing…standing at dawn in the Andes as the sun climbs above the mountains to light the crystal city of Machu Picchu is nothing short of a jaw-droppingly beyond-words experience which will leave its imprint on your heart and soul for the rest of your life. You were there, you can remember. Every ancient sacred site has its own unique energy and an image, no matter whether its cleverly created to give you a full 360 degree spin, can ever match what you feel when your feet are firmly planted on that soil, in the place at that time. These places change you, expand you and inspire you. The light in your eyes will give the game away every time…. but you can always use Google Street View to ‘try before you buy.’