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Belen

Address: Iquitos, Peru
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Ranked #13 of 34 things to do in Iquitos
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other

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Lima, Peru
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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188 reviews 188 reviews
84 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Belen Market is one of, if not the most, lively market I have ever visited in another country. The sights, sounds and smells are overwhelming! You will see everything from jungle medicines to turtle meat to whole gutted pigs to flowers to produce to souvenirs to......hopefully you get the idea! I would encourage any visitor of Iquitos to make your... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This place is awesome. You can find anything here...good and bad. There are amazing things you'll never see again, interesting smells, and a very lively market. Don't take anything valuable like cameras and phones (but make sure you hide your valuables while they're in your hotel, literally nothing can be trusted in this town!!!!) - they will most likely get... More 

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Peru
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The market - yes, absolutely go. And no, absolutely do not take a camera or anything else you aren't willing to part with. If you want to visit a safer although smaller market where you won't be a target, try mercado modelo (just outside the city center). You can experience market culture and buy interesting products but it's not a... More 

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Lima, Peru
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Interesting. Dirty. Poor. Sad. Terrible stench. Real life. Lots of different emotions. Probably could be dangerous after dark. I was advised by a local to watch for pick pockets. Not for the weak stomachs of the world. This place is a real eye opener and true reality for some. It's worth going but I would advise going with a guide... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The girls from the city were instant on taking me here to show me the way of life and how it differed from the city. I went in 1998. I agree with other reviewers - be careful! I didn't see the markets just toured the houses. It was an insightful experience for sure and I'm grateful to have had the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Belen is like no other place, anywhere. A trip to Iquitos is not complete without a visit. Be aware that there are pick pockets around, keep your stuff close to you and be street wise. Don't think about wandering into South Belen (where the floating houses are) without a guide, stick to the main market. South Belen can be dangerous,... More 

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Webster Groves, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

You can't experience or understand the region or the people without a visit to Belén. It's not always safe for a gringo to go along, so bring along a guide or a local -- but don't miss it

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