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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Peru.
Join Tambo Ilusion, a beautiful private nature conservation project in the Amazon where ongoing alternative wellness programs are offered. Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center offers a unique 5-day yoga vacation and an intimate retreat experience in the Amazon rainforest.
If the luxury of a 5-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.
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 to helping Tambo Ilusion protect a small part of the Amazon rainforest.
This yoga and wellness program is designed to share with guests Johanne's passion for yoga and holistic health in a beautiful natural environment. This five-day program includes daily yoga classes, a complimentary 30-minute Reiki session, mind-body nutrition talks, daily activities and, of course, free time for swimming, resting swinging in a hammock, observing birds and monkeys, reading and relaxing.
Experience the peace that comes from practicing yoga, eating well, and becoming more connected with nature. The 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, 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 yoga flow if you are up to it!
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 Ilusion but every morning starts with sipping a warm cup of lemon water served on your porch in order to hydrate, cleanse, and alkalize your body while observing nature wake up around you, followed by a morning yoga practice and a healthy breakfast. Then 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, color mandalas, and prepare a raw breakfast with Johanne. Essentially, the experience is yours to create and is sure to be unforgettable!
You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll with Johanne to meet Ayla, the equine friend (the horse) and her foal Paco where you'll enjoy the amazing view and stunning sunset (weather permitting). This pleasurable activity offers both the benefits of equine-imity and sunset therapies; known to be soothing for the soul!
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. During the yoga vacation, nights usually wind down around 9:00 p.m.
The jewel of Tambo Ilusion is its secluded freshwater lagoon which is cool and refreshing, just a joy to swim in. Relax and meditate on the dock while enjoying the chant of the birds and the murmur of the creek's running water.
At Tambo Ilusion, time is not measured by clocks but in moments.
Johanne Delisle, originally from Montreal, Canada is a certified Hatha yoga and SUP yoga instructor. She has over 2000 hours of teaching experience worldwide. She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2004. Since then, she has trained in the schools of Iyengar and Anusara yoga. Johanne holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and is a certified mind-body eating coach. She is awarded with TripAdvisor's Excellence Award 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.
Tambo Ilusion 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.
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Enjoy delicious wholesome vegetarian meals which are prepared 3 times daily. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and seasonal. Some of the fruit comes from their own trees (citrus, papayas, mangos, bananas, star fruit and more). Each meal includes a fresh salad.
Dishes prepared for guests: hummus with roasted vegetables, vegetarian adaptations of Peruvian dishes like squash stew, vegetable soup with amaranth, quinoa with sautéed vegetables, etc.
Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. As any type of food can attract animals and insects, no food may be kept in the tambos (rooms). All food items may be kept in the kitchen.
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 and coffee.
If you need help with planning your trip to Peru, they would be happy to give you suggestions.
Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport
Peru is currently a very popular travel destination so it is recommended to book early for international flights (to Lima, the capital) and domestic flights. Airport taxes and fees are now included in the price of the tickets for international as well as domestic flights.
The flight from Lima's International airport (LIM) to Tarapoto (TPP) takes one hour and fifteen minutes. There are four airline companies that fly daily to Tarapoto (Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines, LATAM and Viva Air). The flight from Iquitos (IQT) to Tarapoto (TPP) takes one hour. Tambo Ilusión is located 15 minutes away from the airport. Transfers to and from the airport by mototaxi are included.
There are two bus routes to get from Lima to Tarapoto. Passing through Chiclayo, to get to Tarapoto is a 30 hour bus ride (approx. 1500 km or 930 miles) on a good highway. There are two decent bus companies: Movil Tour and CIVA. To make the trip easier, look into the possibility of cutting the trip by stopping in Chiclayo, a coastal city, for a day or two as the route goes that way anyways. In Chiclayo, there are 2 important museums: Museo Nacional Tumbas Reales de Sipan and Museo Bruning.
The other bus option Lima-Tarapoto is a route going through Tingo Maria. This route is about 500km less mileage than going through Chiclayo, it takes about 23 hours. The bus goes through the Andes to get to the jungle, it passes through a city called Ticlio which is at an altitude of 4818 meters!
Getting to Tarapoto by bus from any town north of Lima along the Peruvian coast is relatively easy.
It takes about 15 minutes to reach us from Tarapoto center or the airport. You can take a taxi, a moto-taxi, walk or bike to Tambo Ilusion from Tarapoto. The most common way of getting around the city is by moto-taxi. Before hopping into a moto-taxi, make sure that it is not too noisy. Moto-taxis are a problem in many cities of Peru.
There are too many of them and many drivers have part of the muffler removed which is illegal. Please act like a responsible traveler by choosing a driver that respects that law, the environment and the community. If you hire a ride pre-negotiate the price. Local people can give you an idea of the rate. There have been cases of drivers charging abusive rates to unsuspecting tourists.
From Iquitos, there is a 3 day boat ride Iquitos - Yurimaguas on the Huallaga, Maran and Amazonas rivers. Once in Yurimaguas, take a bus to Tarapoto (a 2.5 hour ride). You may ask the driver to drop you off at Laguna Venecia (at the km 2.5 mark on the highway) and take a moto-taxi to Tambo Ilusion or walk (1km).
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