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Museo de Coca, La Paz
(3.1/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Gain a different perspective on one of the world's most notorious plants with a visit to Museo de Coca. Most commonly associated with cocaine, the coca plant in fact has a long history of spiritual and medicinal use in native South American cultures. The small museum highlights these traditional uses and, perhaps pushing too much of an agenda, strongly criticizes foreign-led campaigns to try to eradicate the plant, which it blames for causing bloodshed in Bolivia. Try chewing a coca leaf at the end of your visit and feel the stimulating effects. Our La Paz vacation generator makes visiting Museo de Coca and other La Paz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Used with anesthetic and as an ingredient of coca cola. Go and learn a little of the story. The sad part is that today is used in cocaine.
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  • The coca Museum in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, near the famous market of the witches in the center of the city. The Museum is small the entrance has a cost of 15 bolivianos, 1 dollar are 6.70 Bolivian. It is very small but it shows you the history of the coca leaf as the ancient Andean civilizations have used it long ago. The weather in the series of approximately 20 minutes.
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  • The theme of the Museum and its proposal are very interesting, especially for those who know little of the subject of Coke. However, needs improvements, especially in the objects, in the photos (old and faded) and in Legends (ditto).
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  • Museo de la coca is a quite simple museum about the history of the coca plant and it's usage. Visitors get a little book in their preferred language as a guide through the museum. The main part of the museum are pictures and descriptions, but also some artifacts of coca based medicine and a detailed installation about cocaine production. One part wants to show the negative sides of cocaine, but it lacks of accuracy. Presenting pictures of (heroine) junkies with needles in their arms is a totally different story. I would have hoped to see a more modern and interactive presentation of the history of coca. The entry fee is 15 Bolivianos (April 2016) and you get a peace of coca liquorice at the entrance.
  • Not too big museum but well worth a visit.
  • Very instructive but a little rundown.
  • A nice site that explains clearly, the reality around this sheet so demonized. It is located in a farmhouse in the heart of peace. Is useful and fun visit it, is entered through a corridor with craftsmen. On one side there is a Bolivian fashion items of design boutique and they sell an excellent coffee.
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  • muy bueno