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Address: Iquitos, Peru
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This place is generally not for tourists and gets you into the heart of Iquitos. You will see the sale of some "interesting" meats and other products. The Belen Market will not be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is generally not for tourists and gets you into the heart of Iquitos. You will see the sale of some "interesting" meats and other products. The Belen Market will not be clean, but there will be tons of people around and it is a unique site to see. Going to the Belen Market helps you get to know... More 

Thank Jared1116
Berlin, Germany
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Definitely not a nice place... But authentic! Worth to see if you want to know how life is in a Slum in Iquitos. Belen is a Slum with a local market. Ocassionally Belen is called "Venice" of the Amazon. Unlike Venice it's not a beautiful place, it's cause of it's location at the river Itaya and the houses on piles.... More 

Thank Stefan K
Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Belen is a run down shanty town floating on the edge of the river. We visited it in the middle of the day with a guide that was known by the hotel where we were staying in Iquitos. We had been told it was not safe to go without being accompanied by a local person. There is no processing of... More 

Thank Malcolm B
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This is a must-do thing if you are in Iquitos but only visit with a local guide - otherwise it's almost guaranteed that you'll get mugged. Don't go with a guide from the street but with one that's recommended by the information office or your hostel..

Thank Zsanka
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Not a nice place but well worth seeing. The tour of the market and floating houses was very informative. Our hotel recommended the guide and the guide found the boat that took us on the tour of the floating houses.

Thank Doncalky
Iasi, Romania
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46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We went there knowing nothing about Belen, all that is a main attraction and really "exotic". We left disgusted and horrified. All we saw was garbage, "fresh meat" covered with flies, chopped turtles, chickens, sloths, guinea pigs and more others. Piles of garbage near the meat, all kept in the sun, crowded place filled with thiefs and people who are... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We toured the market with a guide, and felt pretty safe. He recommended not bringing any valuables and only coins. We tried a few new interesting foods and saw a huge variety of jungle meats -some were a bit sad and shocking to see. We then took a short boat trip to see the floating houses and learn how residents... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I love open air markets anywhere in the world and Belen market is up there in my top ten. It is not for the faint hearted or the hapless traveler. The market is full of pickpockets and they are experts in their craft. It is ill-advised to carry bags, wallets of anything that may be snatched or cut. Beware of... More 

Thank champagnejane2015
San Carlos, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Although the Amazon was at it's lowest point, there was no water surrounding Belen. Be warned ! this is a place that you will be robbed, so no jewelry, don't flash money and hold onto your cameras. We went in with a guide and showed us all the different types of spices, medicines, potions etc. Very interesting. My husband couldn't... More 

Thank Bellafiona66
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Very interesting experience, the market and the boat trip! The Belen market should not be missed, I went there with my guide and recommend you to go with a guide or a local. I really enjoyed to see the neighbourhood from a boat.

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