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1 of 5 bubbles Review of Belen

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Full-Day Iquitos City Tour
Ranked #10 of 45 things to do in Iquitos
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“very depressing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

The people in this floating slum are used to living that way and don´t want to change. The government has given them a place to dump their garbage other than the Amazon River, but they won´t use the bins. My guide, a local, said that it will take the next generation which is becoming educated, to change this way of life.

Visited June 2013
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Iquitos, Peru
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“Real jungle market!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Belen market is the largest market in the Amazon jungle of Peru. The market has eveything you can imagine from the jungle as the nativos bring from the jungle to sell including many illegal endangered species. Selling monkeys, caiman, paiche, illegal wild game, different turtle species and turtle eggs, capybara, majas, jungle armadillo and much more. Someday the Peruvian and International laws will be enforced and these things may not be in the market anymore and the protected species may have a chance to survive.

Visited June 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Interesting market and neighborhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Don't miss the market at Belen - lots of products you probably haven't seen before. Get there early. You can also walk down into the residential area down by the river. It's pretty safe if you are aware.

Visited May 2013
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“Really great authentic market complete with criminals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I really enjoyed seeing this market, which sells everything, but the food displays are among the richest sights to behold. Criminals abound, so use caution and keep valuables well hidden and secured.

Visited May 2013
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“Smorgasbord of the Senses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

This market is a visual smorgasbord of the extreme sort - a delight nonetheless.  Possibly any conceivable item that can be sold - can be found here.

I have one friendly caution to pass on.  The market is a pickpocket's haven.  But really with a healthy dose of vigilance - you can navigate the place easily.  My best suggestions is to leave your purse & wallet locked up at the hotel.  Your passport also stays at the hotel.  I only keep a photocopy of my passport in my pocket (I do that for practically everywhere.  My passport is only produced at the airport, at immigration, and when exchanging money (many of them do ask).  Bring just enough soles for perhaps some souvenirs (if that's your thing) or purchase freshly blended juice perhaps and the motokarra ride back.

Like others on TA have said -- PLEASE DO NOT purchase hunted or endangered animals.  You may run into caiman, monkeys, birds (and their feathers), eggs and turtles to mention a few.  Heartbreaking indeed.

Visited April 2013
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