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Belen, Iquitos

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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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  • Bethlehem is a district where you can see floating houses, businesses, taps, to clubs on the river and see how people live, most of them from lowly
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  • The market is the biggest open air market i have ever seen. take a peque peque boat across the river to see the floating village. They have their own church, and their own disco over there. I was told...  more »
  • In this market you can find everything really. In particular meat that sometimes comes from monkeys, crocodiles or turtles. Some animals are slaughtered only on the market. If you're in Iquitos, the visit to the market is a must! You will find everything there. Especially meat. Monkeys, crocodiles or turtles - everything dead, ready to eat. You should'nt visit this market if you are in Iquitos.
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