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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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  • I wouldn't say that the visit wasn't worth it. but she was too dull. At first we were given a handout explaining the photos and records exposed. I believe that a guide would make it all much more attractive.
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  • Went to visit the coca museum on the advice of our hotel and the lonely planet guidebook. It won't change your life or anything but to be fair we really enjoyed it. We spent the whole two weeks in Bol...  more »
  • We visited this museum with many expectations and we have a little because vision presenting the coca in Bolivia is fairly subjective and also because they could take best advantage and make it more attractive, often seemed that you were facing a panel in that same about children at school, missing more concern for the place above all because one pays an entry I would highlight is that they give to test pills of coca that are really rich, help you with the height and effectively numb you jiji language! Finally one them end up buying and really are of better quality than those sold out... Finalmenre what I liked most is that inside the Museum there is a café (which only can be accessed by paying the entrance) that sell a variety of products made from coca where we tried coca beer very rich, liqueur, chocolate, cookies etc... and we brought several products to Chile and no problem, very good quality!
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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