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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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  • This place is made just to take advantage of curious travellers. Not much is there about the pre-hispanic history of coca consum, nothing about colony or anthropological and archaeological meaning of ...  more »
  • This museum was in a list of recommended things to do in Bolivia, so I looked up its website when I was in La Paz. Bizarrely, it did not include opening hours anywhere, so I sent them a message (in Sp...  more »
  • This is a private museum that gives all information regarding the coca plant over the years. It's a small place, the information is in spanish but they give out sheets that have everything in english....  more »
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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.