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Some call this unusual neighborhood of 74,000 the “Venice of the Amazon,” which is more than a little misleading. The famed “floating barrio” is quite poor, and would be considered a shantytown on dry land. Nevertheless, the fact that the modest thatch-roofed homes, restaurants and bars rise and fall with the river, atop balsawood “foundations,” make Belen one of Iquitos’ top tourist attractions.

Hire a canoe and guide to take you through the canals, past homes, businesses, schools and churches gently rocking atop the water. A sturdier city center rises on stilts from dry land (during dry season, anyway). There, you can visit the famed Belen Street Market on Pasaje Paquito, known for herbal medicines and healing elixirs, made with natural rainforest products, that are brought in daily from more than 150 native communities upriver.

After shopping for unusual fruits, fish and more, you’ll head back onto the water. Several floating restaurants cater to tourists with fresh fish dishes and cold beer, perfect after a day of exploring. Remember that this is a very poor neighborhood, so leave your valuables at the hotel and be alert for pickpockets and petty thieves, particularly at the market.
Address: Iquitos, Peru
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Belen Market in Iquitos and the Venice of Loreto - Grupal Tour

Departure at 9:00 am from the Iquitos boulevard and we will walk to the populous Bethlehem Market where you can find the most varied products, from fresh fish, to passing meals, raccoons or tobacco cigars, lucky charms, Love lotions, medicinal preparations and exotic drinks many of them with curious names that honor their aphrodisiac properties, do you dare to try them?!.Then we will go to the neighborhood of Belén Bajo, a spicy and populous neighborhood where you will live the deep Iquitos, we will travel its streets until we reach the banks of the Itaya River where we will navigate between the famous floating houses or rafts. Which in times of rising of the river float forming the so-called Venice Loretana. Feel totally calm and safe, our specialized guides will give you the best experience in this sabrosón neighborhood bathed by the Itaya River.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Enjoy Belen market and Venice Loretana - Grupal Tour

We will walk to the populous Bethlehem Market where you can find the most varied products, from fresh fish, to passing meals, raccoons or cigars, lucky charms, love lotions, medicinal preparations and many exotic drinks of them with curious names that honor their aphrodisiac properties, do you dare to try them?!.Then we will go to the neighborhood of Belén Bajo, a spicy and populous neighborhood where you will live the deep Iquitos, we will travel its streets until we reach the banks of the Itaya River where we will navigate between the famous floating houses or rafts. Which in times of rising of the river float forming the so-called Venice Loretana. Feel totally calm and safe, our specialized guides will give you the best experience in this sabrosón neighborhood bathed by the Itaya River.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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2-Day All Inclusive Guided Jungle Tour from Iquitos at Maniti Eco-Lodge

Welcome to the jungle. Adventure awaits during this 2-day roundtrip excursion from Iquitos to the aptly named “Monkey Island” in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Travelling by boat and overnighting in a sustainably designed eco-lodge, you'll feel like part of the food chain as you take in the astounding diversity of flora and fauna around you. Caimans, river dolphins, anacondas, monkeys...the list goes on. Guided nature hikes at dusk and dawn and a visit with an indigenous community make the most of this authentic jungle experience.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Rivera Amazónica Iquitos - Full day

This private, full-day cruise on the Amazon River and Itaya River takes you where cars can't go. Admire views from a stunning vista point, hike into the rain forest, visit two traditional communities that still live along the banks of the rivers, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included to fuel a full day.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Iquitos Belen Tour Venice Loretana

Iquitos is better-known for being the entrance to the Peruvian Amazon. However, with this guided Belén neighborhood tour, you can see a different side to the popular port city. Pass through the local marketplace with your private guide, before venturing to the Itaya River to see the labyrinthine, floating neighborhood known as La Venecia Loretana.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours

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Belén market, manatees and Quistococha Zoo

On this tour you will live a unique expereince, visiting one of the most populous neighborhoods full of esoteric elements, we will also travel a little outside the city so you can meet the manatees and enjoy the zoo and its white sand beach, a Beautiful Amazonian landscape.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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