Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)
Buy admission to the Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden in advance to save time and make the most of your visit. It's replete with attractions, including expansive botanical gardens, six Güímar pyramids, an auditorium, and on-site museum. Guided visits are required to visit the Tropicarium, but the rest of the park and gardens can be explored independently. Alternatively, visitors with limited time can stop by as part of a multistop excursion.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden is a must for nature and history fans alike.
There is an on-site children’s playground, cafe, and souvenir shop.
Expect to spend at least two hours exploring the site.
Don’t miss the Poison Garden, the only such exhibit in the Canary Islands.
Make the most of your visit with guided tours of the Tropicarium.
The Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
The Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden is situated on the southeast coast of Tenerife, approximately a 25-minute drive (16 miles or 26 kilometers) from Santa Cruz. Most travelers find it easiest to arrive by private vehicle. Some excursions that stop at the Pyramids of Güímar include round-trip transportation for extra convenience.
When to Get There
The Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden is open daily. It closes on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. To avoid the heat of the midday sun, arrive early and explore the outdoor attractions first. Summer Solstice is perhaps the single best time to visit, as visitors can witness what's known as the "double sunset"—book in advance as numbers are capped.
History of the Pyramids of Güímar
Thor Heyerdahl—the founder of the Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden—believed the pyramids to be the product of ancient civilizations, associating them with the Guanche people; however, more recent findings place them squarely in the 19th century. Curious visitors can learn more about these conflicting histories at the onsite Pyramids of Güímar exhibitions.
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