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Address: Iquitos, Peru
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Interesting place - Belen market

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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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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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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, New Jersey, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The is where most of the fresh food supplies of the city of Iquitos are bought and sold. You can find EVERYTHING here, from fresh fish, meats, veggies, grubs, herbal medicines, baby parrots, etc.! Be careful, however, and stay high. Belen is also what I call a slum, where many people live in wooden houses on logs that float when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very interesting experience. Not for the squeamish. A look into another.world.Be sure to go with a guide. Our guide had 2 security guards with us through the whole market.

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

OK! This is one interesting place for a quick look or to spend hours if so inclined. Be aware that in this huge marketplace where it is rumored one can buy "anything". pickpockets are very skilled and as a tourist you can look something like a Vienna Sausage does to a Parana . :-/ That in mind, there is an... More 

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Lima, Peru
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Well if you feel a bit adventurous you could go to this place but be careful because even though the police officers can be seen if you dare to go alone could be a bit dangerous. However , this place has got amazing things like exotic drinks and herbs that can cure some illnesses you may have. I went there... More 

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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Wow, i have been to markets all over the world but this one has to top them as the produce coming out of the Amazon is amazing and cannot be matched for its sheer diversity. At the same time it makes you wonder how much more can the animals of the Amazon sustain this human consumption, i suppose this is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Coming from the US if you have never been to a third world country prepare youself. The level of squalor is like nothing you have ever seen. You need to see this place to appreciate what us Americans take for granted anywhere in our country. As many reviews indicate it is filthy and scary. Much crime and there is actually... More 

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