Tenerife is a diverse island, where everyone can find something to do and enjoy at any time of the year, beyond the sunny beaches in the south.
For a day of exploration and adventure you can go and visit The Etnograpghic Park Piramides de Guimar, which is easy to reach via TF-1 if you have a rental car. Children would also enjoy a visit to the park, as the gardens are large and there are enough things to see in order to keep you all occupied for a few hours.
So... Pyramids in Tenerife?
For some of you this may come as a surprise, while other may have heard already about Piramides de Guimar.
Located in Guimar, the pyramids are now part of an etnographic park that was founded by Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer and anthropologist, who has researched human migration through several expeditions... one of which has brought him to Tenerife, where he discovered the pyramids and started to study their origin.
There are many theories regarding the Pyramids in Guimar: some people thought that there was nothing special about them, that they are just stones arranged by farmers in order to clear out the land. There are also the theories according to which the pyramids were built by the Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands. You can find more info about these theories in the park when you visit the Casa Chacona Museum.
What to do and see at The Etnograpghic Park Piramides de Guimar
The park is actually quite large and if you want to see everything, from the Museum to the route along the pyramids and also the other Exhibitions you will need around 2 to 3 hours, depending on how fast you are going and how many photos you take.
The view you get from the park is simply amazing, since it is situated in a valley - The Valley of Guimar - and it is really pleasant to just walk around the grounds and take in the views from all sides.
The Casa Chacona Museum
By visiting the park you will not only learn more info about Tenerife and its pyramids, but also about Thor Heyerdahl's work and theories, like the one about cultural parallelism.
Take your time to read about marine currents and how they could have influenced travel between continents during the times of the ancient civilizations, therefore leading to cultural exchange and influence.
Before you head out to explore the gardens, you should go to the Auditorium to watch the movie about Thor Heyerdahl's expeditions, which will probably enhance your adventure spirit while exploring the rest of the park and maybe the rest of Tenerife during your stay.
We really loved to walk around the gardens on the botanical route, where we could learn more about the endemic species, such as the Cardon, Canary Palm, Drago tree or the Canarian Pine. Most of them you had probably seen already in the wild if you've traveled around Tenerife, but this visit will give you a chance to learn more details about them.
Although we visited in January, there were still lots of flowers and plants to be admired, but I guess that if you're visiting during spring or summer you will see even more.
We recognized some of the trees and flowers from our trips around Tenerife, but we had no idea how they were called and we didn't know anything about them, so this was a chance to get to know more about the island's native plants.
Other exhibitions inside the Pyramids of Guimar park
This exhibition is full of info about the Easter Island and the discovery of the Pacific Islands and if you have an audio guide you can really get thorough information about how the Polynesians were able to colonize this vast space.
Jardin Venonoso - The poison plants garden
A unique exhibition where you'll get to see up close several types of poisonous plants, while also learning how different types of poisons work.
Many of the day to day plants or trees that we see around us are poisonous in some way (either for humans or / and animals). But what matters is how we interact with them and how we can protect ourselves from their harmful effects.
The sustainable garden
Here you'll walk through a typical ravine from the Canary Islands, with vegetation specific to this type of environment.
Picnic area & Kid's playground
Inside the park there's also a space to have a picnic, where you can enjoy your snack or lunch under the shadow of the Canarian pines.
The "Pyramids of the world" Exhibition
Inside the museum you will also have the chance to see pictures of a great number of structures similar to what we call pyramids, which are scattered around the world. Most of these constructions are dating back to a time when traveling between continents was considered impossible, so this makes us wonder if there is a connection between them or is it pure coincidence that they appear under some form or another in places like Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and even Tenerife?
- Address: Calle Chacona s/n Güímar, Tenerife, I.C. E38500
- Schedule: Daily from 09:30 to 18:00 H. The 25th December and the 1st January Closed.
- Tickets are available to buy online on their website and also at the entrance of the park.
Disclaimer: We were invited as guests to visit the park, but all opinions and impressions are our own.
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