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Tour the world with Air Pano

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 PM -

Petra, Jordan (courtesy: Air Pano)

You may have taken a virtual tour before -- but you've probably never seen anything like this.

When you stand at the base of Russia's Plosky Tolbachik volcano, you can almost smell the ash in the air and feel the heat of the lava on your skin.

You'll get the same feeling when when you visit Hong Kong, a landscape that seems to come alive with city sounds - from the boats in the harbour to the cars lining the streets.

"Air Pano's mission is to show the beauty of the world in a way [people] have never seen before - through 360-degree, high resolution panoramas taken from above," photographer and project coordinator Sergey Semenov told the Weather Network last February.

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The group consists of 9 members -- 6 of them professional photographers, all with years of experience and numerous accolades under their belts.

Photographers go to great lengths to capture their panoramics: Aerials are predominantly shot from a helicopter -- but the occasional jet and hot air balloon has also been employed.

So far, the Moscow-based group has produced 130 virtual tours, and there are more on the way.

From Africa's Victoria Falls to the towering beauty of the Taj Mahal, exploring the world has never been so easy -- or so satisfying.

Here are a few notable snapshots from Air Pano tours. Check out their website for the full, 360-degree experience.

All images courtesy of Air Pano

Volcano Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia

Iguasu Falls, Argentina-Brazil

Toronto, Ontario

Skeiðarársandur, Iceland

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Santorini, Greece

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