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5 Day Horse Lover's and Yoga Holiday in Tarapoto, San Martin

Tambo Ilusión, Jiron Aguajales #604, Banda de Shilcayo, Tarapoto, San Martin, Peru

Revitalizing Yoga Holiday Peru

How about a retreat experience centered around self-care, taking in the great outdoors and bonding with an equine? If you are a horse lover, yoga enthusiast and love nature, tropical weather, and gorgeous mountainy scenery, this just might be the retreat experience you have been searching for! Join Johanne and discover how to connect with yourself and an equine in a beautiful way.

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  • Daily yoga practice
  • 30-minute Reiki session
  • Introduction to natural horsemanship
  • Access to freshwater lagoon where you can swim, birdwatch, and meditate
  • Whole-food plant-based breakfasts, lunches, and suppers
  • A private excursion to a beautiful waterfall
  • 4 nights cozy accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport
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  • Dining area
  • Yoga shala
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

If the luxury of a five-star establishment is what you are looking for, Tambo Ilusion is not a resort, it is more of a countryside home. Tambo Ilusion is a place for nature lovers.

At Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, guests sleep in rustic and quaint wooden bungalows which have two very comfortable double beds and mosquito netting, its private bathroom with heated shower and a screened-in veranda where two hammocks hang for your enjoyment. Each bungalow has electricity as well as a solar lamp.

Striving for excellence

Tambo Ilusion is proud to share the award received from TripAdvisor: "Certificate of Excellence 2019". Tambo Ilusion has received this same recognition in 2015, 2016, and 2017. This award celebrates excellence in hospitality, and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Not only will you leave this wellness retreat feeling recharged, refreshed, and inspired, you will also have the satisfaction of having made a difference contributing in helping Tambo Ilusion protect a small part of the Amazon rainforest.


If you love horses and don't have the chance to interact with them as much as you would like, here is a golden opportunity to do so!

Come and hang out with Johanne and her beloved equine friends! Explore with Johanne how horse whisperers work with horses using gentle action by learning to speak horse language!

Johanne is a yoga enthusiast and horse lover. Having the good fortune of living in a gorgeous corner of the world with her equine friends, she is more than happy to invite you to come spend quality time with her in the gorgeous Amazon with Ayla and Paco.

Johanne is just learning how to connect and train with them using games and the language of 'horse' (horse whispering) and is happy to share this beautiful experience with other horse lovers who have the desire to spend time with these graceful creatures in a gorgeous setting as well as practice yoga, spend time in nature and nurture themselves through various self-care practices.

Learning to communicate with horses speaking their language (by being mindful of our body language, our thoughts and intentions) helps us stay in the present moment, it is a form of meditation!

This method of training is called natural horsemanship and here we practice Pat Parreli's, one of the best horse whisperer of our time, method called the 7 games as a way to increase our savvy with mother nature's finest animals.

This is not a horse back-riding retreat as Paco and Ayla are not ready to be mounted. The goal of doing ground work, i.e playing the Parelli 7 games with them is to get them ready to eventually be ridden. We will observe them, groom them, lead them, bake treats for them and teach them good manners!

This unique retreat includes a daily two-hour yoga classes held in a stunning yoga space which looks out on the surrounding natural beauty. The soundscape (the natural chorus of wind, birds, monkeys and insects) 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 some yoga flow. Meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) will also be practiced daily.

If you have little or no yoga experience, the classes will be adapted and modified accordingly. Those who are not flexible are ideal candidates to begin a yoga practice. There is no competition involved in yoga, least of all with yourself. Everyone works from their own body awareness giving the best of themselves.

Every morning starts with mindfully sipping a cleansing and alkalinizing cup of warm lemon water on your porch watching nature wake up around you.

We then go find Ayla and Paco and take care of them (accompany them out of night paddock to their grazing paddock, give them water, and play with them) followed by a morning yoga session and healthy breakfast.

Afterwards, we'll go play with our equine friends where we will practice the principles of natural horsemanship, followed by a self-care activity (Reiki session, aromatic plant bath, essential oil workshop).

After lunch, enjoy your afternoon as your heart disires (swim in the beautiful private lagoon, observe birds and monkeys in their natural habitat, journal by the lagoon or nap in your hammock, etc)

We end the day spending more quality time with our equine friends and admiring the gorgeous sunset benefiting from both equine and sunset therapy; both known to be soothing for the soul!

On the last day of the retreat, we will go explore the surrounding area by visiting Awashiyacu waterfall (40 meters high) which is located 15 kilometers from Tambo Ilusión. It is possible to swim in the natural pool at its base. It is a short outing (about 2.5 hour). The area possesses a spectacular flora, boasting a large variety of orchids and ferns. Butterflies, insects and birds are also seen in the area.

Essentially, the experience during this retreat is yours to create and is sure to be rejuvenating, inspiring and unforgettable! At Tambo Ilusion, time is not measured by a clock but by moments.

You will have free time each day to dedicate to no one but yourself in this lush tropical jungle setting because you deserve it!

You will be encouraged to keep a journal for the week. Suggestions and writing exercises will be provided to get you started.

Parts of the proceeds from this retreat go to improving the quality of life of our equine friends so come and make a difference in their lives.

Meet your teachers:


Ayla is a rescue mare. She was about two years old when we adopted her in 2014. She had bruises on her spine from carrying heavy loads of plantain or wood down the montains. Our staff calls her 'la princesa' as she is now spoiled! Johanne has recently (fall of 2019) discovered the Parelli method of horse training. She was brought to tears when she realized she could develop a deeper bound with her equines using this fun method.


Paco was born on October 1st 2018. We didn't know if Ayla would give birth to a horse or mule. Paco is a hand full as mules are very intelligent and have a lot of energy. Here he is playing the friendly game!

Equines are the best teachers because if they are not doing what we ask of them, we must question ourselves on how we can improve our communication skills as it is not the horse's fault if he doesn't understand us! We must learn to speak Equus – the horse's natural communication system. As Pat Perelli says: 'horses like people who act more like horses'.

Even if you have never been near a horse... or mule, this retreat experience will offer you the opportunity to connect with them! Simply by interacting with them without any riding can be an enriching, healing and trans-formative experience... if you love horses!

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Welcome drink and orientation
  • 15:30 Pranayama and gentle yoga practice
  • 17:30 Equine-imity sunset stroll - meet and greet Ayla and Paco
  • 19:00 Supper
  • 20:00 Watching videos on the Parelli method of horse training. Planning what activities you will do with your equine friends the next day so your intention is clear. Free time for star gazing and sleep.

Days 2 - 4

  • 06:00 Cleansing lime water
  • 06:30 Equine time: Accompany Ayla and Paco out of night paddock to their grazing paddock
  • 08:00 Guided meditation and yoga practice
  • 10:00 Meditative stroll to give yourself time in silence to observe the effects of the practice
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Equine time: time to play with the horses using horsemanship method
  • 13:00 Daily activity: (Day 2: Reiki, Day 3: herbal plant bath, Day 4: essential oil workshop, Day 5: excursion to waterfall)
  • 14:00 Delicious plant-based lunch
  • 15:00 Free time to swim in the lagoon, read in hammock, nap…
  • 17:00 Equine-imity sunset stroll to take horses to their night paddock and feed them or free time
  • 19:00 Supper
  • 20:00 Watching videos on natural horsemanship methods. Planning what activities you will practice with your equine friends the next day so your intention is clear. Free time to practice Trataka (candle gazing meditation).

Day 5

  • 06:00 Cleansing lime water
  • 06:30 Equine time: Accompany Ayla and Paco out of the night paddock to their grazing paddock, play time!
  • 08:00 Meditation and yoga practice
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Private excursion to a beautiful waterfall
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Transfer to the airport (or bus station - carry what you have learnt from this vacation into the world

Included excursions

Tambo Ilusion will take you to discover Awashiyacu waterfall (40 meters or 130 feet high) located 20 minutes away from Tambo Ilusion. The waterfall drops off the Cerro Escalera range pouring down into a natural pool at its base.

The area possesses a spectacular flora, boasting a large variety of orchids and ferns. Butterflies, insects and birds are also seen in the area. Swimming is a possibility.


Johanne Delisle

Retreat location

Tambo Ilusion Wellness Retreat Center is very well located and is easily accessible. It is located less than 20 minutes away from the local airport and 15 minutes from the center of Tarapoto city, yet, when one enters the property, one feels totally immersed in nature.

Tambo Ilusion is a beautiful nature reserve of 14 hectares (34.6 acres) recognized by the Ministry of Environment of Peru as a private conservation area. Tambo Ilusion is located in the rural area of Tarapoto situated in the San Martin region of Peru (in the Amazon rainforest); northeast of Lima. Here the Andes meet the Amazon and offer a spectacular view!

Tambo Ilusion is a private nature conservation area which belongs to the large group of Protected Natural Areas of Peru at the same rank as Pacaya Samiria national reserve, Machu Picchu sanctuary, etc.

Tarapoto is the main gateway to the northeastern jungle of Peru, at an altitude of 356 meters above sea level located at a latitude of 0627South and a longitude of 7623 West. Located in the San Martin province of the San Martin region, midway between the high jungle and the Amazon plains.

Tarapoto is linked to the Upper Amazon and the historic city of Yurimaguas by a relatively well-maintained newly paved (2008-2009) "Trans-Andean" highway. Delight yourself in the beautiful landscapes, amazing waterfalls, lagoons, orchids, adventure tourism such as river rafting and hiking in the tropical Andes as well as bird watching attract numerous visitors to this area.


  • 0627 south and a longitude of 7623 west

Unique features


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga shala


  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Enjoy wholesome, delicious vegan meals which are prepared three times daily. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and seasonal. Some of the fruits come from Tambo Ilusion's own trees. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Tambo Ilusion can organize excursions to the main tourist attractions of the region as well as alternative options which can be visited before and / or after your yoga holiday at an extra cost.

During your stay, you can take a moto-taxi to town (Tarapoto is only 15 minutes away) to find souvenirs at the "mercado" and savor delicious Peruvian chocolate. If you need help in planning your trip in Peru, Tambo Ilusion would be happy to give you suggestions.

Activities to choose

  • Healing sessions
  • Massage sessions
  • SUP yoga session

What's included

  • 4 nights cozy accommodation
  • Daily yoga class in a gorgeous space (total of five classes)
  • Yoga props and accessories
  • Introduction to natural horsemanship
  • Plenty of time to spend with your equine friends practicing ground work using natural horsemanship method learned by watching videos from the masters
  • Complimentary 30 minute Reiki session
  • Delicious and nourishing whole-food plant-based breakfasts, lunches, and suppers
  • Cleansing warm lime water brought to your room every morning
  • Mind-body nutrition coaching
  • Aromatherapy workshop
  • Plant bath to clease the aura
  • Access to a beautiful secluded freshwater lagoon where you can swim, birdwatch, meditate, and relax in a hammock
  • Free time to rest, read, color, observe the wildlife, journal, meditate, cloud watching, etc.
  • A private excursion to a beautiful waterfall
  • Transfers to and from the local airport by mototaxi (a 15-minute ride)
  • Complementary limited Wi-fi internet in dining area

What's not included

  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out
  • Gratuities
  • Massage and other treatments
  • Extra tours

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport (TPP). Tambo Ilusion is located 15 minutes away from the local airport. Tambo Ilusion's trusted mototaxi (tuc tuc) driver will pick you up and bring you to Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center.

Airport: Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport Airport transfer included: Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.

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