More About Iquitos…
Gateway to the Peruvian Amazon
The Floating City of Belén
city of Belén (left), also known as the Venice of Perú,
is an eye-opening study in urban mestizo resilience and survival amidst
poor sanitation, poverty and under-employment.
homes are built on balsa logs which float as the seasonal rise in river
level inevitably comes. Others are elevated on stilts just above the normal
annual high-water mark.
high water season from February to July, the lower streets are filled with
canoes, the “bicycles” of Belén.
It is unsafe
to enter this area without a trusted guide. Hustlers, pickpockets
and pack snatchers are common and tourists are a prime target.
Paquito … jungle elixirs and medicines for every ailment ….
visit to Paseo Paquito, the jungle medicine market in Belén, is
a fascinating and enlightening experience. Here one can find dozens
of time-honored jungle folk remedies for many common and not-so-common
illnesses and disorders.
and clavo huasca,
are hailed as aphrodaisiacs and tonics for ailments ranging from sexual
dysfunction to rheumatism and arthritis.
legendary jungle elixirs Siete Raices (Seven Roots) and similar
concoctions usually contain these two components along with others.
de gato and sangre
de grado have gained global recognition as effective treatments for
immuno-depressive disorders, ulcers and skin lacerations.
is adviced in transactions for deception is common and one cannot be sure
of the authenticity of their purchase without trusted and knowledgeable
scenes from the Belén market…
for more scenes from the fascinating mercado de Belén
on to page four – Parque
Quistococha of your introduction to Iquitos…
the spirit of the Amazon“