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Zac Efron

Big Smiles in

Coke Capital of the World

9/20/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Zac Efron chose an interesting place to escape this month ... jetting off to the mountainous cocaine capital of the world ... but he wasn't there for the skiing.

The above photos were snapped on September 11th in Peru, showing Efron smiling with fans. Sources tell TMZ, Zac flew to the South American country for some mountain climbing, as well as to see the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

He was also mobbed by screaming girls a week later at an airport in Cuzco, not far from Machu Picchu.



We're not saying he did or did not partake of the local crop while he was there, but it's still ironic.

TMZ broke the story ... Efron entered rehab twice this year for a serious cocaine problem, most recently in April.

Fun fact: according to the White House drug czar (yeah, we got one of those) Peru overtook Colombia as the world's biggest cocaine exporter in 2011. Now that's what we call winning.

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46.

ag    

I feel sorry for him, but no one is responsible for what he does but himself, theres no need for him to try that **** in the first place, what a shame some people have no will power.

333 days ago
47.

Vince    

So another hollywood drug addict. Dont worry with a little luck this one will overdose soon as well....self inflicted stupidity.....

333 days ago
48.

RP    

Coke capital of the world?? Who was the ****ing ******* who wrote that?? Cuzco- Peru is one the most beautiful places in the world.

333 days ago
49.

luti    

Really TMZ??? you are so ignorant!

333 days ago
50.

Erika    

Is really disgusting you say The cocaine Capitol of the world, when Peruvians try to bring more tourists and work to this wonderful country.
You should shut your mouth before writing.
I guess Peru is gonna have to do something for your stupidity.

333 days ago
51.

Martin Maxwell     

Cusco and MachuPicchu have been very highly ranked by the most respected tourism magazines. It is incredibly ignorant that you can write about Cusco the way you have done without even googling it a little bit. You owe an apology to the people of Cusco.

333 days ago
52.

Sabrina     

I want to "believe" when you refer coke ( MEDICINAL PLANT THAT IS USED FROM THE EPOCH PREINCA BUT NOW USA LIKE INGREDIENT BASE OF THE COCAINE) because in Cusco all people eat coke because is good for you health overcoat when you go to Machu Picchufor the height IGNORANT!!!!. greetings from Peru xx ¬¬

333 days ago
53.

Sabrina     

I want to "believe" when you refer coke ( MEDICINAL PLANT THAT IS USED FROM THE EPOCH PREINCA BUT NOW USA LIKE INGREDIENT BASE OF THE COCAINE) because in Cusco all people eat coke because is good for you health overcoat when you go to Machu Picchufor the height IGNORANT!!!!. greetings from Peru xx ¬¬

333 days ago
54.

asangelats    

''Now that's what we call winning.'' Pfff

333 days ago
55.

Merci Rushon    

I think you need to make a little bit more of research...If you check on Wikipedia, you will be able to see the difference between Coca Leaf Tea and Cocaine... ("...This means that chewing the leaves or drinking coca tea does not produce the intense high (euphoria, megalomania, depression) people experience with cocaine...")
This kind of misinformation is what damage reputations and countries' image.
I always watch you guys but right now you are attacking MY COUNTRY without the proper research. I don't deny that we have the cocaine problem (exactly the same as here) but to call Cuzco or Peru the Coke Capital of the World is ridiculous.
For further information here's the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca

333 days ago
56.

Merci Rushon    

I think you need to make a little bit more of research...If you check on Wikipedia, you will be able to see the difference between Coca Leaf Tea and Cocaine... ("...This means that chewing the leaves or drinking coca tea does not produce the intense high (euphoria, megalomania, depression) people experience with cocaine...")
This kind of misinformation is what damage reputations and countries' image.
I always watch you guys but right now you are attacking MY COUNTRY without the proper research. I don't deny that we have the cocaine problem (exactly the same as here) but to call Cuzco or Peru the Coke Capital of the World is ridiculous.

333 days ago
57.

frankprp    

it is ironic, USA is the biggest fighter against cocaine and is the largest consumer of the world at the same time, the plant by itself is not bad, because many medicine can be made it by this plant (ampicillin, Lidocaine, and many more) Zac went to Machu Picchu (Cusco-Peru), a magical place, where you can feel the earth's energy, wrong headline for this news

333 days ago
58.

Charapito    

The country with the highest rate of CONSUMPTION of blow remains the USA. I'm in Lima now, pure coke runs about $5 a gram on the street. I don't buy it. The national drink, "pisco sour," runs about $7. Econ 101 explains it: simple demand. Peruvians consider a "snort" about as sensible as eating a jar of instant coffee with a spoon. Betty Ford proved addiction has NOTHING to do with drugs and EVERYTHING to do with ego. Peru listened. America did not.

333 days ago
59.

luz    

This article is totally an insult for peru... our government should do something this article is posted in our principald newspaper... what is wrong with you!!!! all have limits... but this.. u.pass the line... our goverment shoul sue u !!!!! ...

333 days ago
60.

franco    

Perú is the biggest exporter because USA and EU are the biggest consumers

333 days ago
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