Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center

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Venue Description

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

Room(s) Description: 

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:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

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.

Contact Information

: Johanne

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2 Reviews

  1. annelking

    An unforgettable experience!

    The experience I had in Tambo illusion was the climax of my vacation. I had read great comments about the place but arriving there, was at another level of greatness. For me, it had everything you need for a yoga retreat and even more. I arrived the first day from Lima really tired and overwhelmed. The first minutes on the site of Tambo illusion are just like arriving in paradise… with the small lake with the purest water, with the small cabana and an amazing hammock just outside to chill out after lunch or whenever you feel like sleeping. And the profound peace and quiet are just amazing. Johanne and Armando are the two kindest person I ever meet, they make you feel like home, are interested in knowing you and they will show you their land and the nicest place to walk in the nature. Johanne is an excellent chef, making the most fabulous vegetarian food. She is also an amazing yoga teacher really devoted to the practice and to teach meditation and yoga in a really caring and loving way.
    Thanks so much for the unforgettable experience!!!

    Average Rating
    19 Aug 2015 at 12:22 am
  2. orlypoliti

    Wow, what an amazing time spent in a beautiful oasis under the care of beautiful people.
    I am so grateful to have found TamboIlusion. I left this special place a changed person. I came for the level 1 Reiki initiation, which was above and beyond what I imagined it to be. Johanne\’s knowledge and passion for this healing energy is contagious. I trulyappreciate her sharing such a wonderful healing art and am so excited tocontinue practicing (mostly on myself but also on others, on animals, plants…) to strengthen the Reiki connection to become more familiar with the energy’s nuances.

    The process of the Reiki initiation ceremony was quite magical. I felt a profound connection with Johanne and the energy she was attuning me to during the 4 separate attunements. It is a powerful yet wonderfully gentle and nurturing energy. And what a wonderful environment to receive such a gift. I am beyond grateful and so happy I did this for myself. As I discovered with Johanne, you are giving yourself alifelong gift of healing through this initiationceremony and \’when you heal yourself and assist others with their self-healing you heal the Earth. You do make a difference.\’

    I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in learning this spiritual practice of healing which consists in awakening the power of your healing hands. Becoming a Reiki practitioner is fun and it is easy to learn.

    Plus, it was such a delight to spend time in the kitchen with Johanne and tolearn endless bits of knowledge on healthy cooking, kitchen tips and amazing natural remedies.

    Johanne and Armando have put a lot of love into their land and project and itshows. The tranquil and beautiful lagoon, the forest, the cozy tambos (cabins) and the super comfortable beds, the amazing vegetarian cuisine, the lovely space where the Reiki training took place, etc.
    The cleansing “baños de plantas” at the end of the initiation were a definite treat. …And I can\’t forget the yoga! Perfect. Johanne\’s presence and voice are so calming and inviting. I experienced beautiful moments in the yogaspace (called the“maloca”) which is a gorgeous rounded structure, very spacious and the spectacular view of the jungle is wonderful for centering. It was fantastic to look out onto the lush surroundings while holding a restorative pose; a perfect complement to the Reiki training. The practice of Reiki and yoga do go hand in hand. I felt so grounded and relaxed!

    Thank you johanne and Armando for sharing your home, providing the perfect setting for this amazing journey and for the vibrant and healing energy of Tambo Ilusion.This rewarding experience has significantly empowered me to influence my own life in a most positive direction. Gracias!

    26 Mar 2015 at 9:47 pm

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