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Address: Iquitos, Peru

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Best Market in South America

This is the most interesting market I've seen in South America. All kinds of crazy stuff for sale like turtle meat, caiman meat, animals heads, etc... I think it is pretty bad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Bogota, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is the most interesting market I've seen in South America. All kinds of crazy stuff for sale like turtle meat, caiman meat, animals heads, etc... I think it is pretty bad that all that stuff is for sale but it sure makes for an interesting market experience.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The market is a must-see for everyone in Iquitos. But be careful: don't show off fancy cameras and cell phones! Recommended: "Sicura" balm for joint pain.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is an amazing experience. There is no better way to see authentic South American culture. The market is fascinating and taking a boat through the canals is a really incredible thing to do. This is not for people who are overwhelmed easily. If you want to see something different you need to make this a part of your trip... More 

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Lima, Peru
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We have traveled twice to Iquitos and visiting Belen is always my favorite part. Seeing a whole village on the river is fascinating. Watching kids swim, grocery stores on canoes, and all of the life happening there is an experience you'll never forget.

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Siam Reap Cambodia
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84 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This market is colourful, noisy, cramped and smelly. It is a great place to visit and if you want something there will always be someone selling it. It is a must for Iquitos.

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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Iquitos has many interesting places and Belen could be one of them. Nevertheless, pollution and all the dirty streets makes a very unconfortable place out of it. The floating houses are interesting, but they are also floating on a really dirty river caused by people who live around. It is sad,

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Belen Market is one of, if not the most, lively market I have ever visited in another country. The sights, sounds and smells are overwhelming! You will see everything from jungle medicines to turtle meat to whole gutted pigs to flowers to produce to souvenirs to......hopefully you get the idea! I would encourage any visitor of Iquitos to make your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This place is awesome. You can find anything here...good and bad. There are amazing things you'll never see again, interesting smells, and a very lively market. Don't take anything valuable like cameras and phones (but make sure you hide your valuables while they're in your hotel, literally nothing can be trusted in this town!!!!) - they will most likely get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The market - yes, absolutely go. And no, absolutely do not take a camera or anything else you aren't willing to part with. If you want to visit a safer although smaller market where you won't be a target, try mercado modelo (just outside the city center). You can experience market culture and buy interesting products but it's not a... More 

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Interesting. Dirty. Poor. Sad. Terrible stench. Real life. Lots of different emotions. Probably could be dangerous after dark. I was advised by a local to watch for pick pockets. Not for the weak stomachs of the world. This place is a real eye opener and true reality for some. It's worth going but I would advise going with a guide... More 

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