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Address: Iquitos, Peru

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Great market and floating city

The Belen Market has a bit of everything. You can find clothes, shoes, and textiles of all sorts. We bought hammocks for much less than stores or artisans in Iquitos were selling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Aspen, Colorado
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Aspen, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Belen Market has a bit of everything. You can find clothes, shoes, and textiles of all sorts. We bought hammocks for much less than stores or artisans in Iquitos were selling them. They sell kitchenware, electronics, and souvenirs. There is a big section of fresh spices, fruits and vegetables. There is a meat section, with everything from chicken and... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A delightful place of sounds and smells; colourful characters and curiosities; the exotic and the ordinary. Just a maze of mayhem, hustle and bustle if you will. I took some photos, but when it came to some suspect stuff, I restrained myself based on the looks out there. Wow, who buys this stuff? There were areas for fresh fish, meat,... More 

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Port Orchard, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Walk along the waterfront, not alone, and allow yourself to be approached by people, mostly men, who will offer to enlighten you about the local history. Go with it. If you feel comfortable with the person, offer to pay him to be your private guide. The equivalent of five to seven dollars an hour is reasonable. We did this and... More 

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El Pescadero, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Wow, this market has an amazing abundance of exotic fish, produce, butchered meats, curiousities from the Amazon, such as potions, animal hides, locally made jewellery. Wandering around, we watched all sorts of food being prepared and eaten at communal tables. I asked before taking photos each time but one - in the butcher area - and the woman was not... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is the most interesting market I've seen in South America. All kinds of crazy stuff for sale like turtle meat, caiman meat, animals heads, etc... I think it is pretty bad that all that stuff is for sale but it sure makes for an interesting market experience.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The market is a must-see for everyone in Iquitos. But be careful: don't show off fancy cameras and cell phones! Recommended: "Sicura" balm for joint pain.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is an amazing experience. There is no better way to see authentic South American culture. The market is fascinating and taking a boat through the canals is a really incredible thing to do. This is not for people who are overwhelmed easily. If you want to see something different you need to make this a part of your trip... More 

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Lima, Peru
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We have traveled twice to Iquitos and visiting Belen is always my favorite part. Seeing a whole village on the river is fascinating. Watching kids swim, grocery stores on canoes, and all of the life happening there is an experience you'll never forget.

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Siam Reap Cambodia
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This market is colourful, noisy, cramped and smelly. It is a great place to visit and if you want something there will always be someone selling it. It is a must for Iquitos.

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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Iquitos has many interesting places and Belen could be one of them. Nevertheless, pollution and all the dirty streets makes a very unconfortable place out of it. The floating houses are interesting, but they are also floating on a really dirty river caused by people who live around. It is sad,

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