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Museo de Coca, La Paz

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.1/5 based on 220+ 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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  • I was wandering the streets when I spied this museum. What a pleasant surprise! It is the whole history of cocaine, since when was discovered, its medicinal functions, the discovery of the cocaine trafficking and the consequences it has caused in Bolivia and around the world. There are guide written in Portuguese. Not to be missed.
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  • We stopped by here to get out of the rain and thought it was great. Very impressive collection of facts, pictures, and acedotes. Lots to learn about this troubling history and great in helping to unde...  read more »
  • Ultra Museum on everything about coca, from its history to its production through derivatives. In fact, from the outset, offer us candy to coca. In addition, one of the few museums with a libretto in french very comprehensive to understand everything the Museum. This museum allows to change our prior on coca and to understand its usefulness in life and South American traditions. And you'll finally know the truth about the coca cola! And we end the visit being able to taste or buy of the culinary products and bibitifs at base of coca. Really a place not to miss. Recommended +++
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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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  • Museum of misinformation about the raw material of cocaine. It is a sad ruin roomful of texts of dubious veracity and exaltation of a plant.
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