Piramides de Guimar

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Piramides de Guimar
3.5
Gardens • History Museums
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Ethnographic Park “Pirámides de Güímar” is a 64.000 m2 site of great cultural value, which comprises six stepped pyramids that have been studied by archaeologists around the world, led by the famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl.The park includes the Casa Chacona Museum, which shows the results of the investigations carried out in the pyramid complex, its astronomical alignment with the sun during the summer and winter solstices, and one of the largest photographic collections of stepped pyramids in the world. Visitors can also visit the Auditorium, showing a documentary about the pyramids and the research of Dr. Heyerdahl, the Expeditions room, with information and reproductions of the boats used by Heyerdahl in his transoceanic voyages, and a large-scale reproduction of the Ra II; and a leisure area with cafeteria, souvenir shop and playroom. Three outdoor routes can also be discovered along the more than 20.000 m2 of endemic Canarian gardens: the Botanical Route, the Exportation Products Route and the Cultural Route, which offers information on many aspects of culture, history and ethnography of the Canary Islands.Furthermore, two new exhibitions have been inaugurated recently. On one hand, the Ethnographic Park is housing the exhibition “Rapa Nui. Polynesia: Extreme Survival”, developed by the ‘Mata Ki Te Rangi’ Foundation of Easter Island. The exhibit aims to raise awareness of one of the most extraordinary societies in the world and the achievements of this statue-building Polynesian society. The latest novelty at the Park is the Secret Garden, a 1500 m2 garden specialised on poisonous plants, comprising a selection of over 70 plant species that have toxic or dangerous properties. This ‘live exhibit’, unique in the Canary Islands, reviews the exciting history of poisons, and presents stories of some of the most notorious poisoners and deadly venoms of all times.
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Sunshine650550
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Strange pyramids in the Canary Islands!!!
Jun 2020
When I heard about these pyramids I just had to see them. We took a bus tour through beautiful landscape.
Tfis is a huge area covered with pyramids of different sizes, as well as some other structures built in a similar fashion.
There is an excellent museum and video presntation whicheducate visitors about these and other pyramids arounr the world.
Worth the time and money.
On the downside it was obvious that these pyramids were recently rebuilt and cement used to hold the stones together. I wonder how accurately they resemble the originals.
Written 11 February 2021
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Amanda W
Oxford, England998 contributions
Much better than expected
Mar 2020
I went here on a coach tour from a Fred. Olsen cruise and wish I had been able to have a longer time visiting the site. Fred. Olsen helped set up the museum with Thor Heyerdahl. I wasn't expecting much but it was a really excellent place to visit. we had a tour guide who gave us an introduction and took us to the poison garden. In the free time I had time to walk round the field of pyramids which was very hot and a long walk, over a kilometre. around the field are examples of local plants. The museum contains Inca statues. There is also a replica of Ra II. Definitely worth visiting if you are on the island and make up your own mind about the pyramids.
Written 1 May 2020
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Jacqueline N
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Trip on a cruise
Dec 2019 • Friends
Great place. I could not believe how much there was to see. We were time limited so plan to go back this year.
Written 14 March 2020
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Andy & Paula D
7 contributions
Brilliant Piramides de Guimar
Mar 2020 • Couples
Absolutely excellent, throughly enjoyed 5 hours of history, adventure and intrigue.
Recomend the audio guide, very well laid out and linked together the concept nicely.
I was excited to see Thor Heyerdall RA 2 boat large size replica and details of his voyages ( I last read when I was a little child).
Piramides were fascinating.
My wife thinks it is one of the best things to do on Tenerife and so do I.
Written 8 March 2020
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Ilze d
Leeds, UK67 contributions
Not worth €18...mostly printed photos on walls
Mar 2020 • Friends
We rented a car and wasted nearly 3 h in this so called museum. We came around 11am and we were told that 12am will be Tropical garden ( Jesus such a waste of time - 5m×5m - maybe less room with plants). Pyramids were ok to see.
Oceania and easter islands....waste of time...just photos on walls and some boats.
Poison garden was the most interesting part.
Dont waste money and time on this
Written 5 March 2020
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Verity
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Not worth the money
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went to Guimar with my boyfriend as we had a rental car to get around and explore the island. We had read about the pyramids in a travel book and thought it was worth a look.
On arrival to Guimar, We found a large car park just down from the centre, which was free and within a few mins walking distance.
At the centre the ticket office offered 3 payment options. We went for the most expensive as you had full access to all areas. This cost 18 euros each.
On entering the museum, its takes you through a series of rooms, which showed pictures of pyramids around the world. Then you get taken outside where there isnt particularly much to see, there are lots of information plaques but they seem to be about random facts which have nothing to do with pyramids. The pyramids were unimpressive and my first comment was "they dont look very old". It wasnt until we returned home and received an email from a family member that we learnt it was built in the 20th century. The info on the pyramids is vague. Although it was nice to walk around the site and have a few silly pictures, i found the extra areas about Polynesian people and a garden of poison plants and flowers. Not really sure what relevance this had to the pyramids.
I thinj this centre was overpriced and not really worth a visit. The town of Guimar is small but pleasant and we stopped for a pizza which only cost 7 euro.
Written 5 March 2020
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GWToronto
Toronto, Canada235 contributions
Very Interesting Site & Museum established by Thor Heyerdahl
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very Interesting Site & Museum established by Thor Heyerdahl.
We travelled here by car from Puerto La Cruz following google maps, after you leave the highway the road in to Guimar can be a little
tricky but we made it without to much grief (aprox.time: 1 hr)
When you get to the entrance there are a few spaces for car parking, but when we arrived they were blocked by tour buses.
A little further up the road is a large parking lot with confusing signs...one says “emergency vehicles only” the other says “public parking”...we chose to ignore the first sign.
It was a5 minute walk back to the site entrance....basic fee was €12.50 per adult...worth it!
We were just in time for a short film regarding the history of the site and Thor Heyerdahl’s expeditions and theories regarding the spread of pre-European civilization....all very well presented.
If you have been to any of the Mayan or Inca pyramids, after seeing the pyramids here his theories all make sense.
The grounds around the pyramids are meticulously maintained and cultivated with a large variety of plants and trees all with explanatory plaques.There is even a picnic site with a play structure for children. (making me wish we had brought a picnic lunch.)
At the exit there is a gift shop and a cafeteria with snacks,coffee and beer at reasonable prices + good wifi ( where I am writing this.

Written 25 February 2020
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Hikkihils
Birmingham Uk99 contributions
A fascinating day out with history
Feb 2020
We travelled by public transport from Puerta de la Cruz to Guimar, but it was a journey that was well worth it. Start with the auditorium (or the coffee shop as we did) which gives an overview of the theories and expeditions of Thor Hayerdahl (of Kontiki fame). Models of the reed boats give an idea of the problems of crossing the oceans.
Outside there is the poison garden, including the tree that produces the poison used by the Russians in London to kill with the poisoned tip of an umbrella. The Tropicarium has some lovely plants including the fascinating Darwin orchid.
The walk around the pyramid complex takes you past the recently discovered cave. Certainly a very full day; take a picnic as there are plentyof places to sit down to eat.
At €18 adult price for everything, it is not particularly cheap, but does include the audio-guide. There are cheaper options if your time is limited.
Written 14 February 2020
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Alicia B
Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Pirámides de Güímar. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you come again very soon. Meanwhile, remember that you can follow our novelties and news at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Written 17 February 2020
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Gordon N
Kinross, UK7 contributions
Very Interesting Visit
Jan 2020
We visited on 30th Jan and this proved to be much more engaging than we anticipated. The exhibits and information provided were extremely good, the entire facility was immaculate and well presented. The Heyerdahl exhibits (and theories) were particularly good. This turned out to be one of the best visitor experiences in Tenerife. Can easily spend half a day in these surroundings. Good value for money.
Written 10 February 2020
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Alicia B
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Written 17 February 2020
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Richard G
Exeter, UK508 contributions
Curiouser and curiouser
Jan 2020 • Couples
Take your pick: ancient pyramids built by the indigenous inhabitants or 19th c. Creation by businessman with Masonic connections. Add in Thor Heyerdahl who hearing of these pyramids theorised that they supported his belief in Egyptian voyages to South America, and you have a glorious hodge-podge of pseudo scientific nonsense. The first excavation of the pyramids demonstrated that there were definitely astronomical alignments but a later and more scientific study showed that the material used to create a flat surface before building the pyramids contained mid 19th century rubbish and thus proved conclusively that the construction could not have been before 1850 or so. All great fun and the museum has interesting information on Thor Heyerdahl, his theories and voyages.
Written 6 February 2020
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Alicia B
Thank you very much for your review. We hope that you visit us again in the future. Meanwhile, remember that you can follow our novelties at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Written 17 February 2020
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