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Belen, Iquitos

2.3
#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. Use our Iquitos day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Belen and other attractions in Iquitos.
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  • We visited this area without guide. We walked through the market. Everywhere was mess. We visited also streets where poor people are living. It was quite dangerous. Again dirty and stinky. Many sick s...  more »
  • I cannot recommend this place due to the lack of hygiene throughout the tour. Lot of pollution. It is a garbage dump
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  • It is a city that has two zones, high Bethlehem where we find its market and Bethlehem under which is the floating Venice, of echo is on the itaya River, its residents are low-income, to visit the lower area is necessary a guide, because the area is dangerous. The visit with a guide ensures safety and be able to know the city well.
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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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