Pyramids of Güímar


Pyramids of Güímar

 
The Pyramids of Güímar can be found in the small village of Güímar on the eastern coast of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands. These still hold mysteries for the archaeologists. Originally there were nine built, but only six can be seen today. For a long time it was thought that these pyramids are simple stone heaps built by the ancient farmers, basically creating terraces.

However, in 1991 the research by Thor Heyerdahl concluded that that they weren’t formed accidentally, because at the corners of the pyramids, they found signs of work, furthermore the ground was levelled before the construction. According to the observations of the famous Norwegian explorer, the pyramids were aligned astronomically, but he couldn’t estimate their age. It is assumed that they were built in the 19th century.

The Pyramids of Güímar consists of six staircase-structured, pyramid shaped buildings built from lava stones, that are similar to the Mayan and Aztecan pyramids in Mexico. The longer side of the mystical pyramids shows a way to the winter and summer solstice, if you stand on the biggest pyramid at the time of the summer solstice, you can marvel at a double sunset.

The Casa Chacona museum can be found next to the six level pyramid, where you can see a realistic model of the ethnographer’s boat, ceramics, and native masks. The thematic paths and parks next to the museum are the other main attraction of the ethnographic park, where the Poisonous Park (Jardín Venenoso) can be found, where there are over 70 poisonous plant species from all over the world. You can easily explore Güímar from your hotel with a rental car, from Candelaria and La Laguna.

 
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