belén

Belén. A city of 50,000 within another city. A city of immigrants from smaller Amazonian communities. A city that knows two seasons, rainy and dry. In one season its inhabitants walk on worn paths of dirt. In the other they walk across planks of wood, over water. Many of the houses are twice the size during the dry season. Water fills the first story of the homes so life continues on the second floor until the water receeds. Other homes float, anchored to pieces of wood. The water becomes a road for boats and floating restaurants and markets to pass. Women wash clothes and dishes in the water as children take turns jumping in for an afternoon cool down. The outhouse several feet away ends up in the woman’s sink, the children’s pool. A man from Belén smiles and says, “We are the Venice of Perú.”

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belen iquitos peru

belen iquitos peru

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