Coca Tea Benefits, Myths, and Where to Buy

Coca Tea Benefits, Myths, and Where to Buy

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Coca tea in Peru used to fight altitude sickness

Coca tea in Peru used to fight altitude sickness

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Coca tea also known as Mate de Coca is rich in protein and vitamins and is used to prevent altitude sickness,headaches, hunger and fatigue.

Coca tea also known as Mate de Coca is rich in protein and vitamins and is used to prevent altitude sickness,headaches, hunger and fatigue.

Coca tea in Cusco, Peru. I apparently didn't drink enough of this; I had some altitude sickness and was afraid I wouldn't be able to travel on to Machu Picchu! Doctor made a house call to my room, gave me drugs and brought oxygen. Total cost for the doctor visit, drugs & oxygen? Fifteen U.S. dollars.

Coca tea in Cusco, Peru. I apparently didn't drink enough of this; I had some altitude sickness and was afraid I wouldn't be able to travel on to Machu Picchu! Doctor made a house call to my room, gave me drugs and brought oxygen. Total cost for the doctor visit, drugs & oxygen? Fifteen U.S. dollars.

Coca Tea after hiking to Laguna 69, 15,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Blancas, Peru!

Coca Tea after hiking to Laguna 69, 15,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Blancas, Peru!

Don't miss an energizing coca tea or pisco sour in the intimate lobby lounge.  Belmond Hotel Montasterio Cusco, Peru

Don't miss an energizing coca tea or pisco sour in the intimate lobby lounge. Belmond Hotel Montasterio Cusco, Peru

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4. Drink coca tea or chew coca leaves upon arrival at altitude and during your stay. While largely unproven scientifically, the locals swear by it. Be aware that coca leaves, while legal in Peru, can make a drug test prove positive for cocaine!

4. Drink coca tea or chew coca leaves upon arrival at altitude and during your stay. While largely unproven scientifically, the locals swear by it. Be aware that coca leaves, while legal in Peru, can make a drug test prove positive for cocaine!

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Cusco, which was believed to be the capital of the Inca empire during the 1300s, is a beautiful, ancient city that sits in a bowl, surrounded by the Andes Mountains. It is 11000 ft above sea level–enough to give you serious altitude sickness! We drank cups and cups of coca tea, a tea made from the coca plant, which is believed to help prevent altitude sickness. Although there’s no actual evidence of this, the leaves (which the Incas would reportedly chew for energy) are also cultivated for…

Cusco, which was believed to be the capital of the Inca empire during the 1300s, is a beautiful, ancient city that sits in a bowl, surrounded by the Andes Mountains. It is 11000 ft above sea level–enough to give you serious altitude sickness! We drank cups and cups of coca tea, a tea made from the coca plant, which is believed to help prevent altitude sickness. Although there’s no actual evidence of this, the leaves (which the Incas would reportedly chew for energy) are also cultivated for…

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