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Belen

Iquitos, Peru
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Ranked #12 of 21 Attractions in Iquitos
Type: Neighborhoods
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Huaraz, Peru
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Belen market is incredibly different. For a small amount of money you can take a tour with a local who will show you the market and also the community which is really worth the experience. Take care with your belongings as Belen is notorious for thieves. Please do not fuel the trade in endangered plants and animals. Do not eat... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

To enter the market, our guide spoke with the police at the entrance. We were welcomed by a strong, unpleasant smell, mix meat from different animals exposed for sale and varied foods, spices, aphrodisiacs, vegetables, fish and everything else imaginable that can be sold. It shocked us to see turtles cut for consumption and caged animals to be sold as... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Ok, here you might just want to go by day. This is where the main market is and where you can buy just about anything, it's crowded, hot, a lot of fumes from the improvised street restaurant joints but soooo tipical, I miss it!! Belen is a river side human settlement within Iquitos. It's not advisable to go there at... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Belen is not for the faint of heart or those who would like to avoid dirt and danger. There are two parts to it: the market and lower Belen. The market is everything you could imagine for a jungle market in Peru. It's bustling with locals (I didn't see a single other tourist) and full of exotic wares. Amazon River... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The market of belen is worth a short visit in the morining, when the inhabitants of the amazon river come to sell their stuff. It is a strange place full of never seen and smelled things. I would recommend to visit for your safety with a local guide.

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Reno, Nevada
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We toured the Belen market this morning after getting back from a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Muyuna lodge on a tributary of the Amazon (see separate review), and before our early afternoon flight. We had long planned to tour Belen and it's famous market while in Iquitos, but as a result of several Trip Advisor reviews and what I'd... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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