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Belen, Iquitos

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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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  • The neighborhood of where the floating houses are set is nice but need to be improved. It is not very safe and it is dirty. I would reccommend to visit the floating area and not walking around the mar...  more »
  • Went when water levels were still high. Definitely go with a guide, but this was cool to see how people live here.  more »
  • Go there early morning. Take a walk through the market (which is huge), walk on the pedestrian bridges through the floating village, and finally get a canoe and a local guide to show you around the pa...  more »

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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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