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Address: Iquitos, Peru
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Somewhat overated.

It is an interesting place but a little creepy . Near the market. Tourists, especially Americans and Europeans should be careful.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bogota, Colombia
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Miami and other places
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places in the world and i've lived all over and in Iquitos over a year. The market is remarkably squalid and simultaneously excellent and fresh, truly third world at its most vivid and best. Belen itself is a strange place, either on stilts or pontoons, so that it floats in the wet season. You... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an interesting place but a little creepy . Near the market. Tourists, especially Americans and Europeans should be careful.

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1 Thank mafetm
Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge market - 8 blocks square I believe. It has everything but watch your wallet and don't just pull out a camera and take random pictures. It may not be to everyone's stomach - with vultures hanging out eating scraps of meat, monkeys in cages to be sold to be eaten, walking on blood...

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Thank wanderingbare
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the authenticity of this place, grab a boat, cruise the Amazon river and take in the culture. I was able to buy a beer, some local food and their version of zabaglione all while cruising. Awesome!

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Bay City, Texas
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I've walked through Belen -- both lower Belen where many of the poorest residents of Iquitos live as well as the upper market area -- dozens of times. Though I wouldn't recommend it for someone traveling alone who doesn't know the area because the chance for robbery is high, the experience of seeing how the people here live and interactiving... More 

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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

If you love to jump in and immerse yourself in local culture this would be the place to visit. Everything you can imagine can be found here. Keep your backpack/purse in front of you as you walk through narrow stalls. Very friendly people... The Medicina Alley is particularly interesting. Please don't buy any souvenirs made from animal parts... Shop responsibly.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Went to Belen via a water taxi that cost 50 selo and would recommend as it give you a look as to how the locals live and work Also took a short walk on the upper street level of the Belen market would not recommend staying long here but worth just passing by to see how things are done here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife and I walked around the market in the early morning and enjoyed the experience. The sights, sounds, and smells are something to behold for sure. We dove right in and tried a few different food items. The suri or large grubs grilled on a skewer are actually pretty good. Be smart and watch your surroundings and you should... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Reading all the reviews on Belen only after our visit there was pretty surprising. Most mention safety concerns and many hired a guide. Our experience was totally different. We were told that as long as we didn't stay till after nightfall we'd be fine and that's the advice we followed during our visit. We spent about 2hrs during early afternoon... More 

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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

A market where you can find pretty much everything. The place wasn't clean at all and very smelly. People can buy very unsafe meat and poultry there because of lack of regrigeration. I wouldn't suggest you to buy food there unless your stomach can handle it.

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