Really, this is not worth a visit unless you are into the bizzare. It's crowded, smelly, and many of the items are animal flesh and much of it will dishearten you if you are vegetarian or in the least concerned about animal conservation. Nearly everything and anything that moves from the Amazon river(s) or surrounding countryside can be bought for eating here.
Do NOT go alone. As a westerner you will stand out like a flashing neon sign. Even though I had a local with me I still had an old man trying to touch me on my back, kinda creepy. Keep any belongings in your pocket or in front of you at all times. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you. The closer you get to the water, generally, the more run down it becomes.
Really, if you are looking for more tourista type things stay in the main plaza area and by from the Shipobo market/stalls next to Dawn of the Amazon. There is also the Anaconda market on the backside of the Dawn of the Amazon down the white stairs and to the right. These areas are much better, cleaner, and generally safer than Belen.
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