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Archaeologists and authorities scoffed when a local newspaper published an article claiming to have discovered mysterious step-pyramids on the island of Tenerife. Just more agricultural stone terraces they said, such as are common throughout the Canaries.

But Thor Heyerdahl thought differently. Dr. Heyerdahl, who has done extensive research on the pyramids of Tucume in Peru, was intrigued by photos of the site, and on visiting the valley of Güímar to see for himself, he was no longer in any doubt.
The Ethnographic Park 'Pirámides de Güímar'
These were neither terraces nor random piles of stone cleared by the Spaniards, as some had tried to explain them away. They were painstakingly built step-pyramids, constructed according to similar principles as those of Mexico, Peru, and ancient Mesopotamia. The Ethnographic Park 'Pirámides de Güímar' offers you the possibility to visit these rare and interesting structures, and will provide you with theories regarding the possible diffusion of ancient civilisations.

Besides the 6 step pyramids, the ethnographic park also offers you the museum Casa Chacona, a life-size replica of the reed ship RA II, Auditorium/Cinema, cafeteria and an ecological souvenir shop.
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