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Tour the world from the comfort of home with Air Pano

Volcano Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia, 2012
Volcano Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia, 2012

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

February 5, 2013 — Air Pano gives "panoramic" a whole new meaning.

Iguasu Falls, Argentina-Brazil
Iguasu Falls, Argentina-Brazil

Most of us have taken a virtual tour, but this is something completely different.

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.

Likewise when you visit Hong Kong: The landscape 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," says photographer and project coordinator Sergey Semenov.

Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

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

The group goes 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.

All images courtesy of Air Pano

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