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Belen

Iquitos, Peru
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Ranked #12 of 21 attractions in Iquitos
Type: Neighborhoods
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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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