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Belen, Iquitos

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#8 of 16 in Neighborhoods in Peru
Visit the wild and eclectic Belen. The vast marketplace is part of the Belen district, also known as the "Venice of Latin America" for its often flooded streets and homes built on stilts. After touring the Itaya River's watery environs by boat, disembark on dry land to take in the gritty culture of the impoverished Belen neighborhood and immerse yourself in the smells and sounds of the lively marketplace. You can find almost everything in the numerous rows of stands expanding over several streets, especially fruits, vegetables and animal products. Purchase locally grown produce, exotic fruit, fresh fish, or colorful spices. Strolling the crowded market you might see controversial animal products, local delicacies, "magic" potions, vibrant clothing, and many other memorable things unavailable anywhere else. Before you head to Iquitos, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Iquitos trip generator, to make sure you see all that Iquitos has to offer, including Belen.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I do not understand that people like this. This is a ghetto where children play in an open sewer. It is full of waste. It is dirty and pathetic to see, very poignant. If you necessarily want to: go with a guide, because it is also dangerous.
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  • August 4, 2017
    I really enjoyed visiting Belen. If you are looking for anything dealing with Shamanism you must visit the Shaman alley at Belen. A lot of what you see int eh city can be bought cheap at the market.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    You can buy many different things, cheap food but the place somewhat moved, if you want to go see carefully
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The scenic, remote city of Iquitos has long been established as a route into the Amazon, so you'll find a good range of accommodations here. Most of the luxury options lie between Calle Samanez Ocampo and the river, with established colonial-era buildings housing some of the most characterful lodgings. Around the town's primarily residential areas, find simple guesthouses on modest-looking side streets, along with rental apartments ideal for longer stays. Scenic lodges and campgrounds on the edge of town give you the feeling of isolation and wilderness that so many come to the Amazon to find.
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