Take part in a sacred Andean ceremony with a live coca leaf reading from Bolivia. Your host will take you to visit a local Amauta, who will interpret what the leaves have to tell you and offer insight into any decisions you may be trying to make. Come with your questions and an open mind! Note: The start time for this experience is in local La Paz time. Please remember to check the corresponding start time for your time zone. Your email confirmation will be in local La Paz time.
Local, English-speaking guide
Our customers need to bring their questions
From the comfort of your own home! The start time for this experience is in local La Paz time. Please remember to check the corresponding start time for your time zone. Your email confirmation will be in local La Paz time.
Your own home
The private tour is priced for a minimum group size of four travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for four travellers.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
Your host will welcome you at the cable car station and virtually take you for a ride on this very local form of transportation. Along the way, enjoy some aerial views of the city and chat with your host about Bolivian culture and traditions, as well as daily life in El Alto city and the Andes. Then it’s time for the reading! Did you know, that the reading of coca leaves is the most recognized divinatory method in South America? The coca leaf, often called Mama Coca, is viewed by locals as a magical element, with the power to guide, heal and channel Andean spirits. An Amauta is someone who interprets the leaves to reveal a person’s destiny. We’ll meet with a local Amauta who will lead us in our own Mama coca reading ceremony. You’ll have the chance to ask any specific questions you may have to the Mama coca. These coca leaf ceremonies are traditionally used by the Andean people to guide them in various aspects of their lives, including love, health, work, and family. The Amauta invokes the spirit of the plant as well as the person who is being read, to uncover answers to their questions. After your ceremony, we’ll give thanks to Mama Coca and the Amauta for their guidance. We’ll also take a picture of you after your ceremony, for you to keep as a souvenir of your virtual visit to La Paz and El Alto. Sometimes the Amauta will suggest another ceremony if you need further resolution. If this is something you’re interested in, we can discuss it after the experience.
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