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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. 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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  • Small museum simply with an issue in the majority of languages for all understand (which is very rare in Bolivia) held by a militant woman and happy to make us discover an all other aspect of this sheet... taste sweets them black... effect guaranteed
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  • Fascinating museum, well laid out and lots of fascinating information about the historic usage and modern abuse of coca. I imagine it could get a bit crowded in peak season and you may find it a tad d...  more »
  • It is very educational and serves to learn about presence of coca in Bolivia. For moment seems to do allegory to drugs, but the visit concludes with the opposite.
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  • Awfull smell. Wasnt able to enter museum
  • Interesting perspectives offered on a much mis - understood topic.
  • Great history lesson. Not too long.
  • 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.

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Growing popularity among backpackers and young travelers has led to an increase in budget accommodations in La Paz. The central neighborhoods of Santa Barbara and Juan XIII offer both low-cost options and high-end hotels. For a bohemian twist on your La Paz vacation, stay in Sopocachi, the city's artsy neighborhood.
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