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. To find out how to plan a trip to La Paz, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • One can learn all about the history of the coca leaf in a clearly presented, engaging way; there's also informative videos about local folk dances (a big part of Puno tradition). The friendly manager ...  more »
  • We visited the museo on our first day in La Paz. The museo is small but informative. There are not many exhibits but plenty of huge boards with all you need to know about Coca. There is also a restaur...  more »
  • Inside, the entrance fee you have to pay too narrow to see viewing. But candy!! Coca is a real taste of candy. Having heard a lot of flavor in the Caucasus. If you like me eating one at a time and get jerking off (?) know the splintered. Take a short drove from the airport would buy with regret. Jim didn't give much attention, let alone check never came to buy a ton of regrets.
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  • Very small museum. Overall fairly interesting and informative, but the majority of the time you are just reading a book about the history of cocaine. The pictures on the wall and the weird manikins do very little to add to the experience. Thankfully it was only 15 Bs. because any more would not be worth it. One of the best parts of the whole time there is the Coca candy they give you which numbs your mouth and wakes you up a bit.
  • This was a waste. You pay 15 bolivianos to read what's posted on the wall. They really could've done more, at least have a person working there who is willing to walk you through and give explanations, make it a little interactive. You are better off buying a book or googling about the history of Coca if you're interested. Skip this place and head to the little "Bolivian drinks museum" instead. It's also not much, nut at least you'll get some drinks with your Bolivianos and the person working there will actually interact with you and give you explanations about the little exhibit.
  • Really cute little museum. Has lots of interesting facts and really well organised.
  • Decent information, but pretty dated, small and not really conveyed well if you speak anything but Spanish.
  • Lots of good information, well worth a visit, or two. Also has a nice boutique.

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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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