Millions of pyramids across the world and even some here in Tenerife. Although they are not the most impressive pyramids in the world, we bloody well appreciated them after the trek to get there.
Once again, we were dropped off at the side of the motorway with no clue where to go. Whereas the Candelaria bus stop wasn’t too far away from the town, the Guimar bus stop was actually no where near Guimar. Working out from Google maps, it was going to be a 45 minute walk from the bus stop so I thought we’d just pop into the closest bar or restaurant and order a taxi. In actual fact, we ended up doing that 45 minute walk as the first 30 minutes were walking alongside a main road with no other pedestrians in sight and a rare sign of existence. So we had a lovely trek through manure stenching streets with pathways that led you into the side of a road or all of a sudden stopped. It was a strange little walk into a strange little town but eventually we arrived at the Piramides de Guimar.
We paid for the complete ticket including entrance to the exhibitions and poisonous plants aswell at the pyramid tour and this came with an entrance pass on a lanyard which made Ash happy as he pretended to be tour guide for the day. Firstly you walk through a few little museum areas with history of the island, the Guanches who first inhabited it and also information about pyramids across the world. The coolest thing about this section of the tour was that we learnt about the double sunset. The first pyramid is perfectly aligned with the Summer solstice so if you were to stand on the pyramids on June 21st, you would see the rare phenomenon of a double sunset. First, the sun sets behind a mountain top before reappearing and setting behind a neighbouring peak.
After leaving the museum section, we came out to the pyramids but before investigating them, we stumbled upon a picnic area. Unlike our trip to Candelaria, this time, we remembered our picnic. So we sat on a bench next to the pyramids eating sausage rolls and fruit in a little mini woodland area that was completely ours. It was super cute!
Then we had a wander around the pyramids which as previously mentioned aren’t overly impressive, this is Tenerife, not Egypt but it was nice to have a look around. The purpose behind the pyramids is unknown. Most of the pyramids are filled in except the first which archaeologists found a cave underneath which held Guanche relics.
Then came the exhibitions which we paid 9€ extra for and they were so incredibly underwhelming and absolutely no point to them. The Easter Island exhibition was just a replica of one of the sculptures and the Navigation exhibition was a small wooden boat in the middle of the room with waves painted on the floor. Impressive, huh? Completely 100% not worth the money particularly when you could actually be a bit naughty and sneak in under the turnstile as there is no one supervising but shh, I never advised that.
Last but not least came the Jardin Secreto which is filled with poisonous plants. The sign upon entry states that it is forbidden to touch, smell or eat any of the plants. So what does Mr Clever Clogs do upon entry? Sniffs the first flower he saw! The plants varied from ones which cause slight eye irritation to some which if ingested cause sudden death. Some of the plants even had stories from around the world of how people had died from them like dipping an umbrella tip in one of the plants causing instant death to a victim who was stabbed. It was a random addition to the pyramids but pretty cool.
Once our tour was over, we stopped in the coffee shop to be incredibly British and grab a spot of tea. Instead of walking back to the bus stop, we did the sensible thing of asking reception to call us a taxi.
It was a day I thoroughly enjoyed but don’t believe it is worth the full ticket price. I’d recommend if you have your own car and can get there easily because it’s quite the mission otherwise. Another Tenerife day off ticked on the list!
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