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Address: Iquitos, Peru

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One of the poorest areas in Peru

A true look into the way of living of local people, and how they have turned the river into their home. Worth visiting the Belen market, a real experience, where you feel like in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mario M
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Lima, Peru
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Prague
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have visited Belen during rainy season. It was very authentic! You can see/buy food, clothes and other stuff for a reasonable price. You need to understand that this is not "modern market" but it is a "jungle market". Hygienic standards are very low but it just makes it so authentic! I recommend clip on your nose as you walk... More 

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Ormskirk, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I mean this is probably a great place for locals to do their weekly shop but it has very little of interest for tourists (worth the risk of entering). My sister and me went in alone (at the time we didn't realise what sort of place this was). We were the only tourists I saw and now I know why.... More 

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Lima, Peru
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72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A true look into the way of living of local people, and how they have turned the river into their home. Worth visiting the Belen market, a real experience, where you feel like in a Discovery Channel show, with exotic foods, and some unique views of the local way of living. Just be sure you have a local with you... More 

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london
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85 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited many a market world wide and this one is not much different. It is an assault on the senses and there will probably be things that you see and smell that you wished you hadn't but it is an insight into how the people of Iquitos live and work. We went without a guide but didn't take bags... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Words can't describe this place ... Crowded, stinky, vultures everywhere .... Only for the strongest stomachs, but very interesting! Hold on to your belongings!

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to view this as an "attraction" per se. But if you're in Iquitos it really shouldn't be missed for an authentic view of life in the city and an appreciation for the bounty of the Amazon. You will see all manner of exotic and unfamiliar fish, meats, fruit, vegetables, spices, nuts, herbs and natural medicines, clothing, etc. all... More 

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Chittagong City, Bangladesh
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the advice of the guidebooks and go with a guide and without expensive gear. I used my chest-strapped Go Pro and got the shots I wanted. Don't even think of buying drugs or contraband here.

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Thank JoanneBee
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to see the floating neighborhood and only found a dirty area. It is not safe since there are many thieves walking around looking for a spot to assault you.

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Thank James H
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We read the reviews of Belen market in Iquitos and it was with some trepidation we set out I frequently asked our guide Kleva if it was safe to take my big DSLR and he assured me it was. He first of all drove us to one end of Belen where we walked down a lane and then across all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, I would recommend getting a local guide to show you around Belen and the market. It's huge, crowded and a labyrinth. The village itself is mostly floating structures built on balsa wood. Since the rivers rise and fall as much as 20 feet per season this is something to see. It's also incredibly filthy and smelly so if that... More 

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