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Google Street View reaches new Latin American territory

Google has released new Street View imagery for Brazil and Mexico.

Street View shots have been available in Brazil since 2010, and this week's expansion brings the technology to a total of 70 cities in the country.

"You'll now find colonial cities like Fortaleza, architecturally compelling cities like Brasilia and coastal landmarks like Recife, Natal and Salvador," Google wrote in a blog post. "You can even virtually travel to the west side of Brazil and visit Foz de Iguaçu, or if you're planning an upcoming trip, preview the the area around your hotel as well as nearby shopping malls, historic monuments, restaurants and more."

The update comes as Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. "We're excited to share the riches of Brazil's cities not only with tourists from around the world, but also with locals who might want to visit a city, neighborhood or landmark they've not yet experienced," Google said.

In Mexico, meanwhile, Google is bringing its 360-degree imagery to 30 Mesoamerican archaeological sites.

"Start your adventure by exploring Kukulkan's Temple, a 1,100-year-old pyramid whose peak is reached by climbing 365 steps, one for each day of the year," Google said. "When visitors clap their hands, the architectural acoustics at the base of the pyramid's steps are designed to mimic the sound of the Quetzal, a bird that the Mayans regard as representative of their gods."