Güimar pyramides, TenerifeGüimar pyramides, Tenerife

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6 strange pyramids made of stone, with geometrical steps looking like the Aztec temples in Central America... Real or fake?!

My experience, Explo description: 

In 1970, Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a papyrus ship. He left from Morocco and reached Barbados, following the route of trade winds... Thus, he proved that before Christopher Columbus, some people leaving from Africa might have accessed to America...

In 1991, Heyerdahl discovered in Güimar some strange « pyramids ». They are oriented from the North to the South. According to him, the similarities between the Egyptian and Aztec buildings are an other evidence of the influence of African on Pre Colombian people.

Un 1998, the park is open to public. It was sponsored by an other Norvegian : Fred Olsen, who owns the largest ship and ferries company in Canary islands.

However, this "pyramids" hypothesis is not accepted by scientists. Some searches have been executed, and 19th century pottery parts were found under the pyramids. Moreover, there is no mention of these pyramids in archives... According to scientists, these buildings are simply stones accumulated by peasants to cultivate their fields.

Whatever you might think, you can always dream ! And even this hypothesis does not convince scientists, the museum shows a nice exhibition of Thor Heyerdahl works and expeditions !

You can also visit Güimar, which is a lovely little town, with a nice market and local products : wine, honey, fruits, cakes, spices. Have a look at the charming white church.

My personal recommendations: 

If by chance you visit the pyramids on the 21st of June, at the summer solstice, you can enjoy a very rare show : a double sunset !
The sun goes down in the pyramid axis, and disappear behind the "Caldera de Pedro Gil" crest. But then it suddenly reappear, shining through a hole in the mountain...

How getting there: 

By car. Güimar is 29km (S) from Santa Cruz.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Every day from 9.30am - 6.00pm, except December 25th and January 1st.

Entry fees: 

Adult 10,40 €

Child (from 9 - 12 years) 5,20 €

Child (under 8 years) free

Resident Adult 7,45 €

Resident Child (9 - 12) 4,30 €

Resident Child (under 8 years) free

Audioguide Service 1,65 € Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian and Nederlands.