Heaps of stones or created with a purpose? You decide!
This year marks the beginning of the third decade of the existence of the Pirámides de Güímar which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.
During these first two decades, the Ethnographic Park has received two nominations for the European Museum of the Year Award, granted by the Council of Europe, in addition to becoming a Botanical Garden in 2017.
Today, visitors can take a tour of the ethnographic museum, the Auditorium, numerous cultural exhibitions and tens of thousands of square metres of botanical garden, including ‘living samples’, such as the Poisonous Garden, which collects more than 70 species of toxic plants from around the world, or the Sustainable Garden, de-veloped in collaboration with the University of La Laguna, which serves as a model of how gardens can be created in our archipelago in a sustainable way.
In addition, the route around its six stepped pyra-mids is complemented by four self-guided outdoor routes: the Wolfredo Wildpret Botanical Route, the Export Products Route, the Cultural Route and the Volcanic Route.
The Ethnographic Park Pirámides de Güímar was founded in 1998 by the renowned Norwegian researcher Thor Heyerdahl, who was responsible for safeguarding the pyramids from an urban plan, creating the Ethnographic Park to ensure its study and con-servation.
The existence of the Güímar step pyramids first came to wide public notice in the early 1990s. The infor-mation reached the anthro-pologist Thor Heyerdahl. Heyerdahl, who dedicated much of his life to researching the cultural origins of ancient civilisations throughout the world, carefully studied the Güímar pyramids. The similarity of these structures to those in Sicily, Mexico, Mesopotamia, Polynesia and Peru induced Heyerdahl to settle in Tenerife to study the structures in situ.
Various theories exist as to the origin and age of the pyramids. Some researchers maintain that they were mere heaps of stones left by farmers clearing the land for cultivation. Heyerdahl on the other hand related the existence of the pyramids to ancient civilisations on the island, arguing that the construction details of the pyramids resemble the architectural principles used in the Old and New Worlds, and therefore could not be the product of a mere accu-mulation of stones.
You can read more about the ethnographic park (in English) together with all other information on http://www.pir-amidesdeguimar.es