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Did the Canary Islands Guanches Build the Mysterious Mounds in Guia De Isora in Tenerife?

Updated on November 10, 2016

A complex of earthworks in Guía de Isora is a real mystery

It is a real mystery. In the Canary Islands, just outside the southern town of Guía de Isora in Tenerife, alongside the road going northwards, are a number of large mounds of earth and volcanic rocks. Some have definite walls to them made of stones and one is in a triangular shape. Every day thousands of cars pass them by but I have often wondered if it is only me that has actually thought these constructions are of any importance to the history of the island. There is a real mystery going on here! What are these earthworks and why are they ignored and neglected?

I have long been fascinated with the pyramid complexes of Tenerife and with the Guanches, who were the original people of the Canary Islands before the Spanish conquest. Many believe these people made the pyramids, although the academics will not accept this and neither will many local people, who say they are merely heaps of stone that farmers and landowners put there to clear the ground. The fact that the pyramids are stepped, have geometric shaping, are aligned, have ramps or stairways and must have taken an awful lot of hard work to construct are all ignored by these pyramid debunkers.

Cairns or mounds of Tenerife

View of the triangular construction
View of the triangular construction
View of a  mound and Mt Tejina in view
View of a mound and Mt Tejina in view
One of the cairns or mounds
One of the cairns or mounds
Triangular-shaped cairn
Triangular-shaped cairn
Showing stonework
Showing stonework
Another view of one of the mounds in Guía de Isora
Another view of one of the mounds in Guía de Isora

Guia de Isora, Tenerife

A complex of mounds or cairns in Guía de Isora

When I first saw the mounds near Guía de Isora I was reminded of tumuli and cairns that can be seen in many places in the UK. I did some research and found out that the Guanches are credited with building tumuli on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria. So if they could do that there then why not here?

Tumuli in Gran Canaria

These tumuli in Gran Canaria were located in Los Cascajos, Camino de los Molinos, Las Nieves but, according to José Luis Concepción, they were destroyed in the 1940s to make way for banana plantations.The tumuli were used by the Guanches as burial mounds.

Philip Coppens and Sam Osmanagic

Writer and researcher of mysteries Philip Coppens was recently on Tenerife towards the end of January. Philip is the author of The New Pyramid Age and has a special interest in these constructions, which are being found all over the world.

Bosnian Pyramids

He and Sam Osmanagic, who is famous for discovering the Bosnian pyramids and who was on the island at the same time, gave a well-attended lecture in which they revealed some of the fruits of their research. The talk was held at a centre in the resort of Los Cristianos and attracted the attention of the local media.

At a later date I was able to show Philip and Sam the pyramids in San Marcos near Icod where I live. On another day I took Philip to see the pyramid complex in Santa Bárbara, which is also near Icod and overlooks the sea.

We decided that in each location the pyramids overlooked the sea and were in view of a volcanic mountain - in San Marcos and Santa Bárbara you can easily see Mt Teide in the distance behind the pyramids.

We went to Guía de Isora to have a look at the constructions there and Philip agreed with me that these were not random piles of stone made by farmers but were a complex of cairns. We noted again that they are overlooking the sea and are in view of a mountain, which in this case is Montaña Tejina.

On the other side of Tenerife are the famous Pyramids of Güímar and again they overlook the sea and are in view of the volcanic mountain, Volcan de GüÍmar, or Montaña Grande as it is also known.

Philip told me that he believes that the Guanches were a seafaring people and that that is how they got here originally from North Africa.

It is widely considered that the Guanches ancestors were the Berbers from the area of the Atlas Mountains, however, it has been said that these people never had boats. This leaves the mystery of how did they get to the Canary Islands if not by sea?

On the island of Sicily are another series of pyramids looking very similar to the ones on Tenerife. It seems very likely they were made by the same people. It seems very likely to me that the Guanches made tumuli, cairns and pyramids and whilst the world of academia may choose to think otherwise I have enough evidence to convince me that they did.


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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      And as usual it leaves out any mention of the Santa Barbara or San Marcos pyramids so I don't think it is a very good article at all!

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      6 years ago

      A detailed list of fake pyramids. Here's a pretty succinct review of Guimar: The argument that these could not be made for mundane farming reasons needs to spend a little more time exploring the island - these structures litter the landscape for, what reason, you guessed it, farming - mostly land demarcation zones. Just because it's pretty and big, does not mean it is some great ceremonial temple.

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      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments!

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      Kitty Fields 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      There's no way those pyramids were built for such a mundane purpose by "farmers". I won't accept it! There is a design there...definitely some work and thought put behind them. Wonderful hub, thanks for sharing. Maybe there were religious purposes?

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comments, Jock! I don't think the academics are interested in finding out about the pyramids or these constructions. Basically they are ignored or explained away as heaps of stones. Proper excavations would cost a lot of money and who would fund such projects? Certainly not the local university where the top archaeology professor says the Güímar pyramids are fake!

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      Jock Doubleday 

      7 years ago

      Great article - informative and succinct. . . . I wonder if archaeological excavation will be allowed around and beneath the cairns. As a landscaper, I've found that the best way to solve the mystery of what one sees (or doesn't see) above the ground, is to put a shovel in the ground and apply leverage. :)

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      Patrick Bernauw 

      9 years ago from Flanders (Belgium)

      Simply... fascinating!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      There is a lot to be said for being content wherever you are. This is something most animals can show us! I never had much desire to want to travel widely and still don't. Basically I discovered this island and it felt right for me. I always had a hard time in Wales so this represents a new life. It's still difficult but I am much happier here!

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      10 years ago from New York

      Ohhhh! I'll watch your cat! (As long as it can get along with my dog!)

      You've been farther than I, who has never been further than 7 hours away from my hometown!

      ...Someday, I hope. }i{

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have hardly been anywhere. I lived in Wales until the end of 2004 when I moved here. Before that i had been to Belgium, Germany and Holland back in 1971. Now I am here I don't to live anywhere else and my travel options are very limited as I have no one to look after my cat.

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      10 years ago from New York

      Very interesting hub! Tell me, have you been around the world?


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