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Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Lost Pyramids of Guimar

Pyramids of Güímar

One visit that should not be missed on Tenerife is to the Parque Etnografico, built around the Pyramids of Guimar by the late Dr Thor Heyerdahl and shipping magnate Fred Olsen.

Like every single aspect of Tenerife's history, there is truth and there is myth and the two have become almost indistinguishable over the centuries, but even of they have since been dated to the 19th Century, this is still one of the most fascinating places on the island.

For me, that was seeing the replicas of the reed boats that Paulino Esteban in Bolivia had helped make for Heyerdahl. Viewers of Michael Palin's journey, Full Circle, will have "met" Esteban when he took Palin for a test-drive on Lake Titicaca.
"Although well known in Europe, few people outside the continent have even heard of the Islands let alone the mysteries they hold. The Canary Islands could contain definitive proof that ancient people crossed the globe by sea long before Columbus ever did."
Sadly it didn't, but that doesn't mean that didn't happen either.

Read more: The Lost Pyramids of Guimar

Images by Berthold Werner [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons and Polylerus [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

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Anonymous said...

Hi... I know that Heyerdahl's hypothesis is tempting, but you should read a bit more about the other ones (which, by the way, are more plausible)

(There's an English version of that page also, but is not as complete)

Sol said...

Yes, nobody can assure the veracity of the pyramids, like it's said we are between myth and reality ... and that's why that's so charming :)

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