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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.

Must see are 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.

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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