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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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  • Hello friends, with a friend are planning a trip to Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, so would like a little guidance of how to can build the route, where worth visiting first and the route to follow, how much would be the cost but less of the journey complete and that places are the more tourist to visit, we were attentive to your comments! Thank you!!
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  • Place very didactic, the bad thing is that are reshaping the place that is around the Central magnificent and detract from its beauty.
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  • Admission is 15Bs cannot take pictures inside the Museum. The Organization of the Museum is a little confusing because it basically tells the story of Coke written on the wall. Then you have to follow by the numbers and sometimes the numerical sequence is not so logical. The story is rich and interesting. But near the end she is focused on an anti-drug message in relation to cocaine which is pretty dull. The writing on the walls are in Spanish, but at the entrance you can get some little books that has written in several languages. The museum itself has two books for sale on the history of Coke. One is for children and are in comic books and the other is quite informative. I even bought for gift giving. It was worth the visit 80Bs. But don't count on help from the officials.
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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