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June 13, 2003

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Belen is a floating shanty suburb of Iquitos. Outhouse islands bob behind each house; avoid the splash as you drift by in a wood canoe. Plank boardwalks connect the interior areas.
Our canoe taxi driver brought us to his house floating in the middle of Belen. We fished for piranha off his porch.
Belen's market provided a wide variety of delicious and cheap food. Rice and chicken wrapped and steamed in banana leaves, grilled chicken and river fish, noodles, cornmeal, fried plantains, manioc, yuca, and turtle soup.