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Belen, Iquitos

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#8 of 19 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 had read Belen Market could be dangerous, so we asked our tour guide to bring us. The market didn't seem dangerous to us, but we enjoyed the benefit of knowing where to go. He led us to different a...  more »
  • It's very dirty, neglected and shows the presence of people of wrong living in the lower part of the market. He would not return to this place
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  • Belen is interesting but we advise not to go for a walk alone. The vitality of the neighborhood comes a dirt and striking poverty, like a punch to the stomach. We had the chance to find a guide, José, who accompanied us and allowed us to see the floating houses on the malecon of Iquitos and this part of the city in which we would have never had the courage to go.
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