Museo de Coca, La Paz

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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. To find out how to plan a trip to La Paz, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The Museum does not offer much special (aside from great candy of coca, which are sold in small bags), but it sums up, with pictures, newspaper clippings, mannequins and various, the story of the cultivation of coca and its influence on the economy of Bolivia and not just on that.
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  • The guy gives you a booklet with disjointed information and kind of random and the acquis consists of some photos means nothing to do and nothing more to do yet. A theme so important to Bolivia with a very superficial treatment. Waste of time go there.
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  • This is surely not a 'must do' in the city but if you ever get the we have hesitate not has home in this modest Museum and read all the available it is really very simple and interesting panels.
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  • Very small museum. Overall fairly interesting and informative, but the majority of the time you are just reading a book about the history of cocaine. The pictures on the wall and the weird manikins do very little to add to the experience. Thankfully it was only 15 Bs. because any more would not be worth it. One of the best parts of the whole time there is the Coca candy they give you which numbs your mouth and wakes you up a bit.
  • This was a waste. You pay 15 bolivianos to read what's posted on the wall. They really could've done more, at least have a person working there who is willing to walk you through and give explanations, make it a little interactive. You are better off buying a book or googling about the history of Coca if you're interested. Skip this place and head to the little "Bolivian drinks museum" instead. It's also not much, nut at least you'll get some drinks with your Bolivianos and the person working there will actually interact with you and give you explanations about the little exhibit.
  • Really cute little museum. Has lots of interesting facts and really well organised.
  • Decent information, but pretty dated, small and not really conveyed well if you speak anything but Spanish.
  • Lots of good information, well worth a visit, or two. Also has a nice boutique.
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