Belen is one of the hugest markest you can ever find. Iquitos has growed it´s population from 1980 with 100,000 people to half million currently and no new market could replace Belen. Belen just keeps on growing in size and variety, and all Iquitos goes to Belen oftenly. Finding amazonian fruits, western meat (pork, chicken, cow), dozens of fish varieties, a whole medicinal plants Street, andean products, chinese vegetables, colorful and tasty spices, clothes, batteries, canned food, tennis shoes, tabacco, bullets, alive and cooked warms, turtles, gators or wildpigs is posible. Anything that can surprise you.
The floating market is not for city inhabitants, is for the same Belen people; that most of them live at the lowest area, that gets flooded periodically and it how a whole neighborhood can be visited in mototaxis, just wlaking or only in canoes. By may is the river highest level´s and by october, the lowest. There is a 12 meters (almost 40 feet) difference in the Amazonian rivers´s levels between those periods. So, finding floating bars, floating gas stations, a whole floating neighborhood and canoes with ladies selling menus, or taking groceries to sell to the flooded areas people is very usual by that times of the year.