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“Interesting but overpriced” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Piramides de Guimar

Piramides de Guimar
Casa de Chacona, 38500 Guimar, Tenerife, Spain
+34 922 51 45 10
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Guimar
Type: Geologic Formations
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Owner description: 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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“Interesting but overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

If you are interested in archaeology, this is worth a visit. The pyramids are built of carefully stacked loose stone and are of the stepped sort. The largest was, I would guess, a bit over 20ft high. You walk round them but not on or right up to them. They are in a (modern) landscaped setting forming part of the Thor Heyerdahl complex; his theory was that they were a link between pyramids in the Middle East and Central America. I could follow his thinking but don't know whether it stands up to rigorous archaeological testing. Anyway, it's a pleasant place to visit but a little expensive, particiularly if you take in the whole complex.

Visited January 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Sir,
Thank you very much for your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar.
We are sorry you thought the entrance fee is to high, but the maintenance costs of such a place is also very high, and try to keep both on a balance.
Hope to see you back again in Güímar very soon.
Alicia Barroso
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“A place to make you think”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The Piramides at Guimar are a fascinating look into a past period prior to the occupation of the islands by the Spanish. The piramides are emaculately presented in an informative way that make you think but still leave it up to you to decide. If you are on holiday and get tired of sitting on a pool side then head here for a day an open you mind.

This place was set up by Thor Heyerdahl of the Ra and Kontiki expedition fame and it is his view that they are the link between the cultures of the West and the East.

Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Sir,
Thank you very much for writing your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar. We are glad you enjoyed so much your visit, and hope to see you back again in Güímar very soon.

Alicia Barroso
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“Interesting Stuff..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

This area is still under dispute as to if it is actually a historic site of a primative civilization or just a bunch of rocks piled up to create flat farmland. The guides do a good job of relating information and letting the visitor decide which theory they believe.

There is also a full scale recreation of the Ra 2.. The reed boat that was sailed across the Atlantic in the late 70's to prove it was possible that peoples could trade long distances..

If you are interested in history, this is definitely worth a visit.. If you are expecting pyramids like in egypt or mexico you will be somewhat disappointed in their scale.

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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear Sir,
thank you so much for your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you back again in Güímar very soon.
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“Wow, this place is interesting, even for a 7 year old.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We visited the Guimar pyramids as a family: 2 adults, 2 kids (7 &13). We are generally interested in science and anthropology, finding out about the world around us. This would interest a family with kids with enquiring minds. Also it's a beautiful stroll.

Like other attractions in Spain, this is very well put together. I thought the entrance fee was a bit steep, we included the Jardin Secreto, so it cost E16/adult, and E5.50/child. However, they use the fee well and keep the park in great condition. It's beautiful just for the walk alone.

We also purchased the audio guide. As you reach a point of interest, there are plaques with information and a number. You type in the number and the guide talks to you.

The park begins with a walk through the gardens to the pyramids. There is information on the plants, the people who lived on Tenerife, the Guanchos, and the early Canarian way of life. The pyramids are interesting structures, and it helps to read the signs. We then went into the cinema there and watched the informative movie about Thor Heyerdahl who founded the park, and his opinions about the pyramids. All very interesting. And you can listen to the movie in several languages via a clever speaker system in each seat.

We also included a trip to the Secret Garden, which you pay extra for. This really fascinated the kids, as all the plants here are dangerous in some way, mostly by being toxic.

There is a nice cafe near the entrance.

This was a really interesting, thought-provoking and well-laid-out park. I highly recommend it.

Visited January 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you very much for writing your opinion about our Ethnographic Park.
We are glad you enjoyed that much your visit, specially if you came with children, since we are working hard to improve our facilities and make them more interesting for kids.
Hope you visit us again very soon.

Alicia Barroso
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“Interesting and peaceful but flawed as a museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We felt that the museum itself spent too much time focussing on the life and achievements of Thor Heyerdahl when a smaller exhibit concentrating more exclusively on the pyramids themselves would have given the site more relevance. To us, the pyramids appeared to be modern reconstructions and we felt that it would have been more interesting perhaps if at least part of the site had been left as Heyerdahl had found it. The gardens though were nice and interesting - apart from the wretched piped music, more suited to a garden centre than a museum - and formed an oasis of calm within a busy. We also found it expensive although we understood that as a private enterprise it is not cheap to maintain such a large site. Still, I'd recommend the pyramids as an interesting way of passing an hour or two, despite the disappointment of the museum part.

Visited December 2012
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
We are sorry you found the museum part of the ethnographic part a disappointment. It was indeed conceived by Heyerdahl himself, and hence the amount of resources devoted to his work. Nonetheless, we are engaged in a constant task of expanding the contents, paying special attention to step pyramids of the world, and hope that the discourse of the museum will fill in gaps as time goes by. There is in fact a project to modernize and expand the area dedicated to this pyramid site in particular. As for the site itself, it is in fact pretty much as it was during the creation of the Park when studies were undertaken by Heyerdahl and other parties. This notwithstanding, we are glad you enjoyed other aspects of the park, such as our gardens, and thank you for your feedback.
Kind Regards,

Alicia Barroso
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