The Pyramids of Guimar
We were quite intrigued by the Pyramids of Guimar, which are a set of stepped pyramids located towards the North of the Island. We caught the main Adeje- Santa Cruz bus to Guimar and then changed buses to a local bus that took us to the main bus station in Guimar. We walked up the hill to the entrance. We opted for the full ticket, which included all of the exhibits and the poison garden. We had a local bus timetable from the CLC Paradise resort and that gave us a 25% discount on the entry price.
The origins of the pyramids seem to be unclear. Archaeological digging would suggest that they were built as late as the 19th Century, however there is also a cave under one corner where artefacts have been found that suggest this area was used by the Guanches people as far back as 600 AD.
The site has also been linked to the ancient civilizations of the Mayans and the Egyptians by renowned Norwegian researcher Thor Heyerdahl.
It is a fascinating site. The pyramids themselves directly line up with the solstices and, on the Summer Solstice, you can see a phenomenon called a double sunset, where the sun sets behind one mountain, only to appear a few moments later to set behind the other one.
The garden have a large number of carefully preserved plant and tree species. There is something for everyone here, whether your interest is the Pyramids themselves, plants, history, culture or the exhibitions of Thor Heyerdahl.
We ventured around the Poison Garden, which was very interesting although we made sure we kept our hands and camera firmly in our pockets, so as not to touch anything.
We did not end up seeing the Thor Heyerdahl film show because it only ran every 90 minutes and by the time we got to the exhibition, we would have had to have waited until 4pm to watch the next showing and we were concerned we would miss our bus back. It was a shame because I would have like to have seen that. Unfortunately we had not checked the showing times before we went around the rest of the site.
In the exhibition area, there was also a picture of all the places around the world where they have found stepped pyramids, so that looks like our holidays are planned for the next 10 years! Mountains, Volcanoes and ancient Stepped Pyramid Sites – what more could I ask!
It was a really interesting day out and was well worth the effort to get there. We could have spent a lot more time there than we did.
For more information on the Pyramids of Guimar, you can go to their website.