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Tambo Ilusion: Yoga, Culture, and Nature

by Joshua Frampton

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If you are interested in yoga, permaculture, or a tranquil holiday retreat, I highly recommend Tambo Ilusion. I spent five days in the lush jungle surrounds near Tarapoto in Peru and simply had a sublime time. 

Tambo Ilusion at a glance

Tambo Ilusion is characterized with rustic looking tambos, a picturesque lagoon, a reading room with plenty of hammocks, and an elegant maloca for yoga practice. The tambos come with super cozy beds with mosquito screens, shelves with candles, and plenty of hammocks—warm, inviting and comfortable. The maloca is particularly special; it is grand in size and the panoramic view gives it a serene and calming aura, the perfect space for a yoga session. 

Armando and Johanne are gracious hosts, offering a warm welcome and an invitation to their family life. It was lovely to be involved in their conversations and to learn about life at Tambo: the story of the property, Armando's vision of the place, and the life stories of both of the hosts. The loveable cat Mishii is also worth a mention for his highly amusing and adorable behavior.


The cuisine at Tambo Ilusion

All week long, we were treated to generous breakfast, lunches and dinners. Johanne has a passion for vegetarian cooking and nutrition, and it's possible that I've learned as much about these two topics as I did about yoga. The food was delicious and high in energy, and definitely contributed to my feeling of wellbeing at Tambo. I was not looking forward to returning to the world of normal food! 


Armando's inspiring love of Tambo

Armando has done an amazing job with the property at Tambo and guided us on a walk through the property, including the rainforest. His passion for learning, and the earth, plants and wildlife at Tambo shone through as he explained the relationship between everything on the property and the work involved (and still to come!) in shaping it into such a beautiful retreat. 

It was so refreshing to see someone so dedicated to nature, with such high ambitions and such a commitment to making the place reach its potential. He is also a keen apiculturist and is committed to permaculture—anyone with an interest in these fields would draw a lot of inspiration from a conversation with Armando. 


Quiet times at Tambo Ilusion. Image: Joshua Frampton


Yoga instruction by Johanne

As a teacher, Johanne is both warm and inviting, with a soothing voice that's calming and particularly suited for guided meditation. A Reiki practitioner, she also introduced us to this particular form of healing in a session at the maloca. We were beginners in yoga but we never felt shy in asking questions, and we definitely welcomed the clarity of instruction offered!

We undertook two two-hour sessions every day, spending quite a significant amount of time in the maloca. It was great to spend so much time practicing and to have so much tranquility in which to reflect on the practice. Now we feel like we have a good foundation to continue our practice and were also motivated to find a teacher at home. 


Yoga by the lagoon. Image: Joshua Frampton


I will not hesitate to recommend this place to my family and friends. It is sad to leave, but I have no doubt I will be back. Tambo Ilusion is a paradise, with surroundings that are perfectly complementary to the yoga practice you undertake in the maloca. It's a perfect setting for reflection and clarity of mind, and there is a definite romance to the place that should not be missed. Ten out of ten!

Ever had such a satisfyingly wonderful yoga holiday? Share with us your personal stories and comment below. We would love to hear from you!

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