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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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  • This was my second time in Iquitos, the first not visit Bethlehem and how I regretted. This time I was and when I saw the environment (before shipping), not freaked me out, but I was surprised of the kind of life, the river inside was even more impressive. In the same river it people are bathing, washing, makes their needs, fishing and is bathing. All in the same place, really was something that I leave amazed. The impressive thing is that those kids will hardly get sick. I would go without hesitation, it is another reality, surprisingly, a sense of how different can live in the same city, but it is worthwhile to discover it.
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  • If someone you want to make a tour in the midst of great cantifad of smelly garbage. Foul-smelling powder of vultures. Stack food between rats and open drains. If dedeas to see one of the most disgusting in the world... You have to visit Bethlehem
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  • Wiith over 10,000 vendors, the market offers everything from medicness, to fresh foods. Big, noisey, dirty, smelly...Loved it...  more »