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Iquitos, Peru
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All reviews floating houses on stilts the river poor area on display authentic market residential area unique things cooked food for sale huge market third world dry season boat tour local guide interesting place south america
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The market was overwhelming. I have never seen a market of this size and complexity before. Very different from Whole Foods in the US!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Pixelpanderer
Reviewed 9 December 2018

I spent a few hours wandering around the market here. It was very busy, lots of interesting things to see. Not a great deal different to many of the 3rd world markets I have seen elsewhere, but nevertheless well worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank SimonK270
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Belen is a microcosm of life in general. It is bustling and chaotic and all the ups and downs you can imagine. The size of the market is immense it would be super easy to get lost. We were told by locals that the market...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 24 November 2018

an incredible neighborhood you can live the proximity of the people and their way of living so simple, the tour really took me here and I could meet the Iquitos veerdadero

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank osrmth
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

Our hotel hooked us up with a guide and I’m so glad they did. We loved the market but without a guide we would not have gotten to enjoy ourselves as much or understand about all the items being sold. It is muddy and crowded,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Julie K
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

I went into the market quite early and it was already starting to get busy. If you go in, head with an open mind having regard to the people living there. I found it a bit full on and probably wouldn’t have gone in had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Salvatore V
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Wow - We were warning not to go to the Market by a local Policeman. However, ignoring his advice we went. What an experience. The Vast array of produce on display is mind blowing. If you do go don't let the smells and sights impede...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Rupertmurray
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Belén does give a serious, authentic and very interesting impression of local way of life, very much in contrast to what´s shown to tourists and travellers in general, the real world in this very important Amazon marketplace (very much in contrast to the on-line giant,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Andreas A
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

When I read about the floating neighborhood of belen I wanted to see it. But I did not imagine that this was not a good season to ride a boat around the neighborhood. However it was good to visit this place.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Donald C
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Interesting to visit, but in the other hand sad to see how poorly people live there without any perspektives. Do it with a guide who also offers a trip by boat to get the full experience of Belen.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Jeff B
18 April 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
Jeff B
16 April 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
20 February 2015|
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Response from IquitosAnglo | Reviewed this property |
You won't have any trouble in engaging a reliable guide in Iquitos: your hotel will help you. BTW, I really like the Victoria Regia for a hotel -- owner Carlos Acosta is very helpful.