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Belen

Iquitos, Peru
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Ranked #12 of 20 attractions in Iquitos
Type: Neighborhoods
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place will knock your socks off. A never ending parade of stalls with fish, chicken, mapacho leaves, and all other kinds of knickknacks. Classic South American market!

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A culture of Amazonians that live on the river. Why? You dont pay taxes on the river. you only get there by boat. The Amazonian version of Venice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Interesting. Not for those with a weak stomach or closed mind. Loved the boat tour around the "community". Didn't spend much time at the market itself. I would suggest going only with a group and a trusted local / guide.

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Clonmel, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Belen is a neighborhood in the city of Iquitos in Peru. The city is in middle of the Amazon rainforest and you can’t access it by car. It’s the biggest isolated city in the world, accessible only by plane or by boat. It’s the city that stole my heart and I wish to go back to. If you're the type... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were thoroughly warned before traveling to Belen market, but it was still a shocking place to see. I'd give it a 0/5 stars for cleanliness, safety and ethical standards, but a 5 for interestingness. As other reviewers have written, it is filthy, crowded and bizarre. I am not a vegetarian, but to see piles and piles of meat sitting... More

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Trapani, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

You can experience the local market with the smells and colorful products. An other world of products completely different and mystical gastronomic discovery.

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Lima, Peru
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

You need to go with some local and trust guide, you will enjoy the view and people there always want to wave you. You will have fun here , there's some bars but always go with some local trusty guide. For 30 soles ($10) you can have your own boat and guide to take you around Belen.

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Rotterdam
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Do not miss the floating houses of Belen. Take a boot trip on the river and be amazed by how people live on houses that slowly sink into the water, and are raised every few years by putting new wood under them. Very impressive. Market is also interesting. Go in the morning as the police disappears at lunch time and... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Market that look poor and dangerous. For me was not problem because were on the worse places like favelas in Jamaica (but there is no many.) When you go on the places like that act like you been there 100 times and look around you all the time so nothing will happened. My friend was almost robed because she held... More

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Moorhead
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Belen is a fascinating place and not like anything you would see in the United States. It may be interesting to see but it also can be a little depressing seeing all of the poverty. I would recommend going to see it.

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