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The Pyramids of Guimar in Tenerife

In the south-eastern part of Tenerife, 24 km from Santa Cruz, you will find the mysterious Pyramids of Guimar, in the municipality. Once in front of these mysterious huge constructions, you will realize that Tenerife is much more than beaches a Guimarnd lively nightlife.

These pyramids are composed of six terraces, which are oriented so to project shadow cones during the summer and winter solstices. They were built in igneous rock and look like the Egyptian ones, in Mesopotamia and above all like those in Latin America.

Who built the Pyramids?

It was believed for a long time that these pyramids were built by farmers accumulating rocks while cultivating. In 1991 the explorer Thor Heyerdahl demonstrated that they were the result of a precise project as they are oriented in the same direction and the rocks were carved and polished. Heyerdahl suggested that someone took inspiration from the pre- Colombian civilisation and built them in the other side of the world.

This also proved that other people moved towards America before Columbus and that the Canary Islands were an intermediate stop. Heyerdahl’s theory was criticized by those who believe that pyramids were built later on and by those who suggested that farmers oriented them because they were influenced by Masonic theories (the owner of the land where they are was a Mason)

The Park of the Pyramids

Whatever the origin of these pyramids, they are really fascinating and evocative. You must visit them and the ethnographic park, created by Heyerdahl and Fred Olsen, a Norwegian ship owner who lives in Tenerife.

Whatever the origin of these pyramids, they are really fascinating and evocative. You must visit them and the ethnographic park, created by Heyerdahl and Fred Olsen, a Norwegian ship owner who lives in Tenerife.

The park consists of the archaeological site of the pyramids and a museum, a navigation room, an auditorium, a restaurant and a café. The museum houses interesting historical finds which witness the connection between America and Europe before Columbus. In the auditorium videos illustrating Heyerdahl ‘s theories are projected every 15 minutes.

How to visit the park

If you want to visit the ethnographic park, you can choose between two options:

Standard ticket. It includes the following areas: museum of the Pyramids of Guimar, documentary, visit of the sustainable garden and the expedition room, open air itineraries which include the visit of the pyramids and of the botanic garden divided into 4 thematic areas.

Premium ticket. It includes all the activities of the standard ticket together with the Poisonous Garden and the exhibitions “Colonizando Polinesia” and “Rapa Nui, Supervivencia Extrema”.

The park is open every day from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where are the pyramids located?

The Pyramids of Guimar are in Guimar, in the eastern part of Tenerife. To get there you need to take the highway which crosses the whole island towards Guimar. If you travel by public transport and take a bus in Santa Cruz, you will have to walk a short trail.

Prices, opening times and information

The standard ticket costs:

  • 7,75 euros for adult residents
  • 4,50 euros for residents between 7 and 12 years of age
  • 12,50 euros for adult non-residents
  • 5,50 euros for non-residents between 7 and 12 years of age
  • Free entrance for children younger than 7

Premium tickets costs:

  • 14,75 euros for adult residents
  • 4,50 euros for residents between 7 and 12 years of age
  • 18 euros for adult non-residents
  • 5,50 euros for non-residents between 7 and 12 years of age
  • Free entrance for children younger than 7
  • The park is accessible to people with a disability or reduced mobility.
  • You can cancel for free until 24 hours prior the visit.
  • It takes to 2 hours to visit the whole complex.
  • We highly recommend you visit this wonderful archaeological site!

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