Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center
Tambo Ilusion is ranked as the top attraction in its area on Trip Advisor and has won Trip Advisor's 2015 Excellence Award due to the wonderful reviews left by its previous guests!
Located in the tropical Andes of the Amazon jungle, this beautiful property is a guesthouse and retreat center. Tambo ilusión is recognized by the Ministry of Environment of Peru as a private conservation area (ACP) as its 14 hectares (34.6 acres) of land with its water source and forest have been protected by its owner for the past 30 years. Located in the rural area of Tarapoto in the San Martin region of Peru, Tambo Ilusión will transport you miles away from the city life.
In August of 2014, "El Comercio", the most prestigious newspaper of Peru, chose Tambo Ilusión as one of the top five yoga retreat centers in Peru.
If the luxury of a 5 star establishment is what you are looking for, Tambo Ilusión might not be for you. Tambo Ilusión is not a resort, it is a "chacra" (which best translate as a farm) and you are welcome to stay and live an alternative and "experiential" experience, that is, we wish to make you feel at home here.
At Tambo Ilusión, guests sleep in "tambos", cozy rustic thatched cabins that have a covered porch and a hanging hamac. Each cabin is equipped with two very comfortable double beds and mosquito nets. We choose to offer an rustic electricity-free environment in the tambos (cabins) favoring the best ambiance to disconnect.
Guests can relax in the reading room, a round cob 'tambo' made of straw and mud (an ecological building where it is always cool) where one can lounge in a hammock and nap, read and hang out.
The jewel of Tambo Ilusión is its seculded fresh water lagoon which is cool and refreshing, just a joy to swim in. Relax and meditate on the dock while enjoying the chant of birds and the murmur of the creek's running water.
The gorgeous yoga space (which is circular and has 12 meters in diameter and has a very high thatched roof) looks out on the surrounding natural beauty. The soundscape (the natural chorus of wind, birds, monkeys, insects, chickens...) will transport you to a place of natural serenity deep within yourself during your practice; especially in Savasana (the final resting pose).
At Tambo Ilusión, we also offer guests the opportunity to participate in an ayahuasca session (a traditional ceremony with sacred plants of the Amazon). This can be arranged with a local “medicine man” at an extra cost.
This tropical jungle property is operated by Johanne and Armando, a Canadian/Peruvian couple. Johanne is originally from Montreal Canada and is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki master. She also enjoys cooking healthy meals for her guests. Armando, a leader in the conservation movement of Peru is originally from Lima. After living many years in the Cusco area where he worked as a professional photographer, tourist guide on the Inca Trail and as a rafting guide, he travelled to Tarapoto and encountered a beautiful property and it was love at first sight. Armando made Tambo Ilusión his home 30 years ago and has been protecting his property, its forest and its water source ever since. Armando has many interesting stories to share about his adventures concerning his beloved, beautiful and diverse country, Peru.
At Tambo Ilusión, we are happy to host international teachers looking for a special place surrounded by natural beauty to hold personal retreats for their own students at a reasonable price.
We offer a rustic environment that is simple yet nourishing and inspiring.
The beautiful fresh water lagoon and the amazing yoga shala are the highlights of Tambo Ilusion. It is also worth mentioning that Tambo Ilusion is recognized as a Private Conservation area by the minister of environment of Peru. Although Tambo Ilusion is only 15 minutes away from Tarapoto, it has a rich fauna and flora.
We can help you in the planning process and help to organize logistical details and content for your retreat.
The yoga shala is superb. It is huge (112 square meters or 1200 square feet). It has a beautiful wooden floor, a thatched roof, a great view of surrounding nature and great acoustics. We have constructed a small platform in front of the yoga room where we put bananas and the monkeys regularly come to eat while we are practicing.
Yoga blocks, straps, bolsters, eye pillows and some sand bags are provided. If needed, a board can be provided. These items are included in the package price.
We have a capacity for 10 participant plus the teacher and an assistant.
Total number of rooms: 5
There are 5 cozy thatched cabins with two very comfortable double beds and mosquito nets. There is approximately 15 meters (50 feet) between each cabin. The bathrooms which have flushed toilets and hot showers are shared and kept very clean. There is a total of four bathrooms.
The teacher gets a bigger space in a building made of natural materials (a cob building) which is located separately from the other cabins.
The bathrooms are shared and separate from the rooms.
Food types available:
All meals are shared in the main house. Johanne cooks delicious fresh vegetarian meals. A fresh salad is served with each meal. Fresh fruit smoothies can be prepared at any time during the day at an extra cost. Every guest has raved about the culinary experience they got to enjoy during their stay.
Can a retreat leader bring a personal chef? Yes
Closest city with major airport that attendees would fly into: Tarapoto
Travel time to closest airport: Tambo Ilusion is located 15 minutes away from the local airport.
Transportation from airport to venue: From the international airport of Lima, it is a one hour flight to Tarapoto. From the airport, transportation by van can be organized. Mototaxis and taxis are other options available.
In addition, we offer hospitality, delicious vegetarian food, low exposure to electromagnetic fields and a magical setting.
In staying with us a few days, not only will you have a great vacation and a memorable experience but you will also be supporting the conservation of nature in this beautiful corner of the world.See more events in this venue
This 5 day yoga vacation program starts every Monday at 3:00 pm (according to availability) and is held for one to 10 participants.
Join us for an unforgettable yoga vacation in the jungle.
The program includes:
- 4 nights cozy accommodation in natural surroundings
- Vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and suppers
- Filtered drinking water
- Daily hatha yoga classes in a gorgeous space (total of 8 sessions)
- Herbal healing bath
- A complimentary Reiki session (30 minutes)
- A private mind-body nutrion coaching session
- Interactive nutritional talks, etc.
- Swim in gorgeous secluded natural fresh water lagoon
- Excursion to Awashiyacu waterfall
- Free time for swimming, journaling, resting, reading and self reflection
- Tour assistance
- Transportation from and to the airport or bus stop by mototaxi (a 15 minute ride).
The well rounded retreat includes daily yoga classes in our gorgeous yoga space which looks out on the surrounding natural beauty. The soundscape (the natural chorus of wind, birds, monkeys, insects, chickens...) will transport you to a place of natural serenity deep within yourself during your practice; especially in Savasana (the final resting pose). Yoga props and accessories are provided. There will be a variety of styles practiced during the retreat: Hatha, gentle, restorative, yoga Nidra, and yoga flow if you are up to it! There is a maximum of 10 guests per retreat.
Hatha yoga classes will be held twice daily with the morning session being an uplifting, energizing class and the afternoon session designed to calm and restore mind, body and spirit. Meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) will also be practiced daily during class. Every day is different at Tambo Ilusión. After your morning yoga session and breakfast, enjoy a swim in the beautiful private lagoon, walk along the 1.4 km trail of the protected forest to explore and hug a tree, get your hands in the earth to tend plants and trees if gardening is a form of meditation for you... You can participate as little or as much as you wish to in the various activities at Tambo Ilusión.
All of the above activities are included and are also optional. If you prefer, you can simply lounge in a hammock reading, do a bit of bird and monkey watching, take a siesta or do whatever it is your heart desires. Essentially, the experience is yours to create.
You will also be encouraged to keep a journal for the week. Suggestions and writing exercises will be provided to get you started.
Wholesome vegetarian meals are prepared 3 times daily. Meals are shared in our house family style. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and seasonal. Some of the fruit come from our own trees (citrus, papayas, mangos, bananas, star fruit...). Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.
At Tambo Ilusión, guests sleep in "tambos", cozy rustic thatched cabins that have a covered porch and a hanging hammock. Each cabin is equipped with two very comfortable double beds and mosquito nets. We choose to offer an electricity-free environment in the cabins favoring the best ambiance to disconnect.
You will be provided with decent amenities such as clean shared bathrooms which are separate from the rooms and have flush toilets and hot showers.
Tambo Ilusión is a beautiful property of 14 hectares (34.6 acres) recognized by the Ministry of Environment of Peru as a private conservation area. Tambo Ilusión is located in the rural area of Tarapoto situated in the San Martin region of Peru (in the Amazon jungle). It is a one hour flight from Lima to Tarapoto. Tambo Ilusion is 15 minutes away from the airport.
All year round 5 day Hatha yoga vacation in Tambo Ilusión, a rustic retreat center in the Amazon jungle, an oasis for wildlife, yoga and nature lovers.
Johanne Delisle is a certified Hatha yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 hour level (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) who has been practicing for over 15 years. She completed her first teacher training in 2004. Since then, she has studied Iyengar yoga (in India and France) and Anusara yoga (in Thailand, Bali (Indonesia) and Canada). She has taught yoga in Asia, Europe, North America, Central America and now offers retreats in the jungle of Peru.
Johanne's teaching style is alignment-based whether in gentle yoga, Hatha yoga or vinyasa style classes. Johanne also completed teacher trainings in prenatal yoga, yoga for seniors and yoga for children.
In addition, while in India, Johanne was first attuned to Reiki and eventually completed her Reiki Master level. Reiki is an enery healing technique that focuses on the use of hands to transfer universal energy. Johanne offers Level 1 Reiki initiation in a 4 day/3 nights retreat.
Expect to develop body awareness through alignment-based classes and nutrition talks.
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