En route to the Pirámídes de Güímar and Candelaria, we cross Güímar Valley where the alleged pre-Hispanic pyramids are located. Pyramid Park is Tenerife’s newest attraction. The world-famous Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who led the Kon-Tiki and Ra boat expeditions across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, respectively, discovered the pyramid site on one of his voyages. Various theories exist as to the origin and age of the pyramids. Some researchers maintain they are mere heaps of stones left by farmers during the 19th century while clearing the land for cultivation. Heyerdahl on the other hand connects the pyramids to ancient civilisations on the island, arguing that the construction details of the pyramids resemble the architectural principles used in the Old and New Worlds, and therefore could not be the product of the mere heaping of stones.
After your visit to the park, you return to the ship via the charming town of Candelaria. Its basilica is home to an effigy of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of the Canary Islands. Legend has it that well before Christianity came to the Canaries, an image of the Virgin Mary washed ashore in Candelaria and was worshiped by the local Gaunches people who were oblivious to its significance.