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Review of Piramides de Guimar

Piramides de Guimar
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Guimar
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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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“pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

the visitor centre is well worth a visit, go with an open mind, signage not very good, but any local will give you directions.
Piramides impressive, very informative. anyone who remembers Thor Hyerdahl wiil find it interesting. It had a fascinating garden full of different plants

Visited March 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion about our Ethnographic Park.
We are glad you enjoyed so much your visit and specially our gardens.
We hope to see you very soon back again in Güímar.

Alicia Barroso
Operational Manager
Pirámides de Güímar
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“Very good visitor centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

The pyramids on Tenerife came as a surprise, but a very interesting visitor experience has been created around them. Food and drink were available at the excellent visitor centre, at a lower cost than we would expect at most attractions.

Visited February 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you soon again in Güímar. Remember that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Alicia Barroso
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Pirámides de Güímar
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“Surprisingly Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Pyramids aren't spectacular, but are very interesting in their own right. The museum is well laid out with interesting details of both the site and the relationship to other structures around the world. Excellent sections on Thor Heyerdahl, Easter Island, gardens on local flora and also one on poison plants.

Visited February 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
thank you so much for writing your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar.
We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you back again in Güímar very soon.
Remember you can follow all our news on Facebook or Twitter.
Kind Regards,

Alicia Barroso
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Pirámides de Güímar
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“WAY OVERPRICED and quite misleading....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I was very excited to visit these having a fascination with pyramids, and once I got over my mild heart attack when I was told the entrance fee of 17 odd euros I quite enjoyed the site and the exhibitions, and found it very interesting. Unfortunately when I left the site and decided to research further I discovered that they are not ancient at all!! In fact every bit of archaeological research dates them to the 19th century. This is NOT what they tell you at the place AT ALL. They are very biased in the way they present information, completely ignoring the vast evidence that these are not ancient. Basically, it's a scam based on one mans theories, but worse than that, it misinforms people under the premise of an educational site. I thought I had learnt something valuable from this place, all I have learnt is research before you go anywhere not after.......Oh and I'll be trying to get my money back from these people too......

Visited February 2013
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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
We are very sorry that your opinion about our Ethnographic Park is so negative.
As regards to the presentation of the information, we are sorry you feel it is a biased approach. We ensure not to present a single version, and in fact there are various occasions in which the different theories concerning the origin and purpose of the pyramids are discussed.
On one hand, we ensure that the discourse presented by our guides during the guided tours deals with the two main theories about the pyramids; on one hand Heyerdahl’s theory, and on the other the theory developed by archaeologists of the local university.
For those visitors who do not take a guided tour, this information is readily available both on the audioguide system (which describes the two different points of view), and also in the museum, in the room exclusively dedicated to the excavation campaigns that have taken place in situ. Both theories receive equal attention and space in this room, and a reference to this area is found in the information booklet presented to our visitors at reception.
We will anyway work to improve the way we present this information to our visitors.
Thank you,

Alicia B.
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“Mildly interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

There is a lot of effort to link the "pyramids" with South American cultures but it's hard to tell how strong the evidence is. The gardens are not yet mature and the visitor has to endure piped music all the way round (cruise ship style?). Rather expensive at 16 euros each if you include the so called Secret Garden. Still there isn't much to do in this area so the visit is one way of passing a couple of hours.

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Alicia B, Gerente at Piramides de Guimar, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your opinion about Pirámides de Güímar. We are sorry, however, that you didn't enjoyed your visit.
Certainly, our Secret Garden opened 11 months ago, and some plants are not yet in their ideal size. We work to improve our contents every day, and hope that you could change your opinion if you visit us again in the future.
Kind Regards,

Alicia Barroso
Operational Manager
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