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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Anything that crawls or grows in the Amazon that somebody wants for whatever reason is available at Belen. You should make time to visit if you are in Iquitos

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CFEIII
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My group was in Iquitos for a Mission. During our mission we visited Belen four times. In short there is nothing like it. Belen is the most impoverished district of Iquitos and with it comes extreme poverty, drugs, alcohol, sex trafficking and disease. But it...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 67_Julia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can buy absolutely everything at this market and will not be able to buy any fresher than what is on show. A little grubby and must be aware of pick pockets. Starts very early in the morning and goes throughout the day. Other than...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rayl8682
Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

My friend and I came to Belem with Johny Javá Nuñez ( Amazon Teacher and Expedition guide) +51965777767 whats up and on Facebook you can find him at Kambo Ceremonies Amazon expeditions. He was our kindest and most respectful tour guide of this market. If...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

Visiting this area was a good experience. We had a boat ride through the floating neighborhood of Belen and could see the lifestyle of people from this part of the city. It would be better if their government would support or invest more in this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Certainly worth a look when visiting Iquitos. We found the price of guided tours to be quite expensive ($100 Australian was the cheapest) so we went it alone. Certainly didn’t feel unsafe or overwhelmed. Make sure you ask to find “Pasaje Paquito”, which is the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

This was the direst market I have ever been to, nonetheless worth walking through. Vultures eating scraps, filth every where. Make sure you leave your valuables at the hotel.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

Visited Belen with a local friend who lives there. Amazing place. Everyone gets around by boat because the house are either floating houses like Lake Titicaca or are built on stilts. The Belen market is a fantastic overload of all your senses. They have everything...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

This was a good season to visit this place. We were able to have a boat ride through the flooded neighborhood of Belen. The area seemed to be a little dirty and they should work on that to keep it in a better condition considering...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

I love Iquitos but this area is a bit sketchy. I had my wallet and phone stolen on Xmas eve...pretty sure it was kids. Lesson learned? Don't carry a bag without a zipper. Pretty sure they must have had a great Xmas because I had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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christineflanagan278
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Response from thegrizwolds | Reviewed this property |
We went on our own, left all our valuables at the hotel.
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Jeff B
April 17, 2018|
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Response from 75dominics | Reviewed this property |
If you only want to see the market and take a quick boat tour to the floating houses I would say you will need a minimum of three hours for sure. your transportation would be at least 15 min by moto taxi each way. the long... More
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Jeff B
April 16, 2018|
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Response from 75dominics | Reviewed this property |
hi Jeff Many of the hotels and hostels can arrange an English speaking guide for you. that's probably the best way to go about it. I can't really recommend any particular agencies..when I was in Iquitos I went to see the... More
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