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Belen, Iquitos

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#8 of 18 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. Use our Iquitos day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Belen and other attractions in Iquitos.
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  • Bethlehem is a place of poverty and extreme poverty. the "tourist" of there is the illegal sale of live and dead jungle animals. You find everything. Monkeys, living alligators and already benefited for consumption, birds, etc. To the market you have to be accompanied and in the morning hours and without any value, in order to avoid that lovers of the outside want to get your belongings. It is not recommended to go with children or the elderly.
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  • There is a lot of talk about this market but in particular I did not like it. There's a lot of dirt and security is scarce. Don't be surprised by what I'm saying. It's the reality.
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  • We only spent two hours there. Since I was a victim of racism. I'm a woman in my 40s and tattooed. Scornful look, insulting proprios. Yet dressed sober and very modest by nature. We had a big fright. In fact apart from the jungle we have often been despised. Take a certified guide.
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