Friday, March 13, 2015

traveling to iquitos, peru with kids: belén


{This is the fourth and last in a short series of posts I'm doing on traveling to Iquitos with kids. Here are my posts on lodging, what to do, and Monkey Island.}

By far my favorite part of both trips to Iquitos was visiting Belén, a floating village. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. Getting a glimpse into life on the water was fascinating. And the kids really enjoyed it too. Seeing kids swimming and chickens running around in floating homes. I don't think there's anywhere in the world quite like Belén. 

We also visited the Belén market and like all true Peruvian markets, is quite the experience. With this market being on the river, there were mounds of fish and alligators. Belén is easily the most overwhelming experience of Iquitos, so, with kids, I would not do it without a tour guide. We went with the tour guide from our lodge and a resident of Belén also met up with us to tell us about his village. Having lived in Peru for four years, I don't worry much about our safety here, but this market is the one place you would want to have a Peruvian with you. But as long as you have a good tour guide, I would not leave Iquitos without a visit to Belén.


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