Pevas, about 180km downriver from Iquitos, is Peru’s oldest European settlement on the Amazon and most interesting stop between Iquitos and the border. Founded by missionaries in 1735, Pevas boasts about 5000 inhabitants but no cars, post office or banks (or attorneys!); the first telephone was installed in 1998. Most residents are mestizos or indigenous people from one of four tribes.
The main attraction in Pevas is the studio-gallery of one of Peru’s best-known living artists, Francisco Grippa. Grippa specialises in portraying the Amazonian people, places and customs in his work – he has been living out in the Peruvian Amazon observing its ways of life for over two decades.