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Museo de Coca, La Paz

(3.1/5 based on 240+ 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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  • Too small but the learning and the message that is passed is interesting. You get a book and read the translations. The magnitude of the subject and your cultural and economic importance to Bolivia, I expected more of this Museum, but it was cool. The 15bols entry is also the face for the deposition.
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  • The museum is really small and consists of a lot of text and some pics but somehow reading the book which is available in English, German, Portuguese and who knows which other languages in that enviro...  more »
  • I visited it with passion, a museum or it explains well the interests and value supplied cocaine. And especially the story about the Incas and Aymaras, how they used coca. If you had 30 minutes, it is good to visit.
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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