Museo de Coca, La Paz

#3 of 13 in Museums in La Paz
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.
Create an itinerary including Museo de Coca
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Museo de Coca reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 3.5
310 reviews
  • This is a very small museum, however if you read all the detail supplied, you are in there for longer than expected. I found the detail and history of Coca very interesting and think this museum is.....  more »
  • Learned how the amazing Coca plant grows, producing the wonderful pods containing the magical seeds from which all our chocolate evolves. Got to have many samples of the best. The higher the coca...  more »
  • Great little museum of the history of Coca leaves and cocaine in South America and Bolivia! A must visit if you’re even a bit interested in the history of Coca. Everything is in Spanish, but they offer booklets in English and other languages.
  • Offers English (and many other languages) booklets to follow along with the Spanish exhibits. Most of the exhibit however is simply photos and text. The cafe upstairs offers an interesting selection of foods and drinks with cocoa extract which are pretty good.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance