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Interesting and Honest View of Life in this Part of Peru

My wife is from Iquitos and when we visit here we try to take our kids to do some interesting things. On the last visit one of the things that we did was take a boat around Belen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My wife is from Iquitos and when we visit here we try to take our kids to do some interesting things. On the last visit one of the things that we did was take a boat around Belen as some of the tourists that go there do. As a gringo-traveler it was very interesting to see the way of life... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a must-see. Our private city guide arranged for one of the residents to take us out in her boat and tour the neighborhood including a visit to her family home. It was a special experience to see everyone living on the water. I think our guide said that Belen has 32000 residents! Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Very interesting market, I especially enjoyed the medicine isle! We continued on for a boat tour of the floating city also interesting. I recommend a tour of this market to anyone visiting Iquitos,

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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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
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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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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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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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