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Address: Iquitos, Peru

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Loved the boat ride of the lower level

We are not shoppers, at all, but a walk through the market followed by a boat ride around the lower portion where people live was an excellent experience. Our tour guide from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The market in Belen is to say the least very interesting. Also known as the Witches market, it is a collection of vendors selling everything from sneakers to medicinal herbs. I toured the Belen market as part of a 30 day shamanic retreat in the Peruvian rainforest south of Iquitos. We were shown numerous medicinal plants used in traditional shamanism,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Belen market is amazing--you will see crafts, food, clothing, etc. Food items that you will never see for sale in the USA! Additionally, if you can arrange a boat tour during the high water season, be sure to do so! This is an amazing part of Iquitos and you will never forget the tour!

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Texas
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76 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The market is fascinating and a must see when you are in Iquitos. The smells and sights will be very interesting of you have never been in this type of environment. We went down into the actual community of Belen......it is overwhelming. DO NOT under any circumstance go down into the lower levels of the neighborhood at night. It is... More 

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Lima, Peru
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went with lito and he was great! I'm passing on his info (litobelenguide24@hotmail.com / $5per person) so other travelers can save the hassle of finding someone that we had. He spoke good english and took us around the market to see the crazy stuff there, and then on a boat throughout belen, and even to his very modest open... More 

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We are not shoppers, at all, but a walk through the market followed by a boat ride around the lower portion where people live was an excellent experience. Our tour guide from the hotel really impressed us with this. The market is rather hurried up top, so that's what only 4 stars. But worthwhile experience even for non shoppers.

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Managua Department, Nicaragua
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

A short walk away from the center of town, the Belen market is nice but not too big. That's good of you want to avoid the hassle but not good if you're looking for a variety of products. Still, I Recomended going.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Be careful - everyone warns of pickpockets and camera-snatchers. The poverty is pretty awful in the area around Belen. Here are a list of non-profits if you'd like to help the people there. http://greatnonprofits.org/city/belen/NM

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Rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I've visited Belen a few times and it's always a great experience. Masks, jungle medicine, homemade liquor, spices, hand rolled cigars, DVD's, street barbers all sold in close quarters. Unfortunately, there are also jaguar skins, anaconda skins, live turtles flipped on their shells in the hot sun, baby monkeys, jungle dogs, birds and sloths that have been stolen from the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

dont go alone....this place is crazy.....if you are a gringo and your spanish is bad you need a local companion.....dont be shocked-you will see turtle meat,crocodile meat ,monkey meat and god only knows what else....vultures are sitting on every lamppost and electricity line awaiting feeding opportunity...I wouldnt buy meat there...perhaps grilled fish....need aphrodisiacs? there is an unending supply of that... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Belen Market has a bit of everything. You can find clothes, shoes, and textiles of all sorts. We bought hammocks for much less than stores or artisans in Iquitos were selling them. They sell kitchenware, electronics, and souvenirs. There is a big section of fresh spices, fruits and vegetables. There is a meat section, with everything from chicken and... More 

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Address: Iquitos, Peru
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Loreto Region  >  Iquitos

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