Virtual Tourist Google Street View of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Travelers can now enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the comfort of their home. Google's Street View team banded together with travel agencies, the public, and other partners from across the world to make virtual travel easy. The new street view focuses on iconic landmarks and allows them to be viewed 360 degrees around.

Google also partnered with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to put imagery of World Heritage sites into Street View. The aim is to make beautiful sites available to people who may never have a chance to visit them in person.

Google's tool is simple, all you have to do is plug in the address or major landmark, and boom, it's like you're standing in front of the property. Street view can be helpful for scoping city streets, hotels, and attractions before a trip. It can help you get an idea of where you want to go and where you don't, and will make your surroundings more familiar for when you do arrive.

Google is gradually releasing the UNESCO World Heritage sites, and currently they primarily focus on European landmarks. However, they are supposed to expand their reach soon and will hopefully feature all the amazing UNESCO sites across Latin America as well.

UNESCO has granted World Heritage status to 890 global sites. Within this expansive collection, are many sites the average person has never heard of. Here's a list of a few you may not have realized exist:

Argentina: Ischigualasto, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Cueva de las Manos

Bolivia: Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Fuerte de Samaipata, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Brazil: Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserve, Historic Center of the Town of Goiás, Historic Town of Ouro Preto, Serra de Capivara National Park

Chile: Sewell Mining Town, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

Costa Rica: Talamanca Range, Cocos Island National Park

Ecuador: Sangay National Park, Historic Center of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

Peru: Chavin Archaeological Site, Huascarán National Park, Río Abiseo National Park, Sacred City of Caral-Supe

By: Melissa Reichwage