Guimar pyramid

North Tenerife

Information About The Güímar Pyramid

The Güímar Pyramid is a stepped pyramid that was discovered in the 1990s by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his team, who were studying the possibility of pre-Columbian contacts between the ancient civilizations of America and the Mediterranean.

The pyramid is made up of six rectangular terraces, arranged in a stepped formation, with a total height of about 12 meters (39 feet) and a base of about 64 square meters (689 square feet). The terraces are made of lava stone, and their edges are aligned with the cardinal points of the compass.

It was initially believed to be a natural formation, but Heyerdahl and his team proposed that it was actually an artificial structure built by the Guanches, the native people of the Canary Islands. They suggested that the pyramid was a part of a larger complex of stepped pyramids, similar to those found in Mexico and Peru.

While there is some debate over the origins and purpose of the pyramid, it is clear that it is a significant archaeological site with cultural and historical significance. Today, the Güímar Pyramid is open to visitors, who can explore the surrounding botanical garden and learn about the history and culture of the Canary Islands. There is also a museum on site that contains artifacts related to the pyramid and the Guanches.