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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  • September 26, 2017
    The height of the largest coca leaf for your Savior. Coca tea from beer, about many products. Therefore to learn that little coco adventure you can visit the Museum. Entrance fee. Located next to the Museum's restaurant in the evening after open 18:00 necessarily see there, too. There have been many witches market environment, with the appropriate figürle design is a very friendly persons is being serviced. Enjoy a drink for me, too.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Its definitly worth it, to visit that Museum when you interested in the history and all about the Coca plant. We also got an guide for the different stations in our language, that was perfect. The top...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    A small museum quite simple but very interesting! Perfect for (in french) the importance of Coca in Bolivian culture and especially its use in our daily lives (because Coca is much more present in our lives than we think)! Furthermore, the friendly Museum Manager took the time to teach us to chew coca as Bolivians! I recommend!
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  • April 27, 2017
    Awfull smell. Wasnt able to enter museum
  • April 11, 2017
    Interesting perspectives offered on a much mis - understood topic.
  • January 18, 2017
    Great history lesson. Not too long.
  • April 12, 2016
    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.
  • July 14, 2016
    Not too big museum but well worth a visit.

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