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“Herbalist's dream” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo de Plantas Sagradas, Magicas y Medicinales

Museo de Plantas Sagradas, Magicas y Medicinales
Calle Santa Teresa 351, Cusco, Peru
51 84 22 2214
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Ranked #35 of 100 attractions in Cusco
Type: Museums
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Broome, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Herbalist's dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

As a herbalist I loved this fabulous museum of medicinal plants. We learned lots about the legal and illegal plants and the history of their cultivation. My husband enjoyed it immensely too so you don't have to be a herbalist to find it amazing. We discovered it by accident and so glad we did.

Visited January 2013
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Cusco, Peru
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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“Fascinating and educational museum about sacred Andean plants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a fascinating and educational museum in the heart of the historic district of Cusco, only half a block from the beautiful Kusipata (Regocijo) plaza. Created by one of Peru's most distinguished anthropologists this museum provides a comprehensive overview of the wide range of native plants in the Andes that were used and are still used for ritual and medicinal purposes. Admittedly long explanatory wall texts in Spanish are summarized in perfect English. Many photographs illustrate the museum in addition to actual objects. Most tourists will find the first room of particular interest as it deals with coca (not be confused with cocaine). Here the remarkable health benefits of coca leaf are explained as well as the role of coca in traditional Andean communities and in popular culture (as in the original Coca Cola). The old ads for coca products, in the form of very attractive original posters, are really nice. The displays of packaged curative and nutritive plant products are very well done. Visitors will be especially intrigued by the dramatic room showcasing the Amazonian hallucinogenic plant called ayahuasca. The room is pitch black with extraordinary polychrome trance-induced art on the walls and a video-screen presentation of trance-generated images accompanied by jungle chanting. It's an exceptional immersive environment. Years ago in Peru there was a wide range of medicinal and nutritional products that were once widely available. Today the number is less but, visitor, you still have a chance to purchase new versions of some of these products in the outstanding store at the entrance to the museum. For instance, local entrepreneurs are now selling a fantastic range of coca products, from the flour (said to be high in calcium) to coca candy -- everything is packaged appealingly. The store has an excellent selection of "souvenirs" from jewelry, to woven items, lots of edibles, and gorgeous Spanish Colonial pottery replicas. The store itself is worth a visit. There also is a nice café on the second floor patio. One can spend an hour or an afternoon here. This is really worthwhile museum. It is not for children. This is museum for curious adults who want to learn more about Andean culture. Also, there is an outstanding guided tour available by the staff. This is one of the most worthwhile attractions of Cuzco, well worth the approximately five dollar admission fee. That fee goes to support the museum.

Visited January 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Excelente museo! Excellent Museum!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Wonderful and interesting experience!
The information shows deep research on plants and medicinal herbs, the museum shows everything in a creative and well designed way.
You can see images, touch objects, listen to music, read and also hace an herbal tea or buy some related things after your visit!! The collection of objects related to coca and ayawaska, as well as other plants, is really interesting.

I leanred a lot!!

Very worthy to save some time in Cusco to visit el Museo de Plantas Sagradas :)

Visited October 2012
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“Magic museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

This museum is really amazing and serious.
It shows how plants can help us to heal our bodies and our minds.

Thank you for this important information that can really change this planet if we decide to listen what Nature can offer.
I highly recommend visiting.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

A must see in Cuzco. Very informative and beautifully put together. The staff was also very helpful.

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