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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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  • We toured the Belen market and neighbourhood with a guide, which I think was a smart move. As many others have mentioned, it is huge with many stalls selling everything from fresh fish, wild pig, roas...  more »
  • This market is super cool and well worth a visit if you want to spend the morning walking around and try some crazy food. It can seem a bit sketchy and I probably would't hang out there at night, but ...  more »
  • this place has a local market where you will see all types of animals that are sold as food, very sad to see how spiecies form de Amazon Basin are sold in the market, overall is dirty, muddy and crowd...  more »