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Join Tambo Ilusion, a beautiful private nature conservation project in the Amazon where ongoing alternative wellness programs are offered. As seen in National Geographic Traveller, Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center offers a unique 5-day yoga vacation and an intimate retreat experience in the Amazon rainforest.
At Tambo Ilusion, guests sleep in "tambos", which are cozy rustic wooden 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 amenities such as spacious, clean shared bathrooms which are separate from the rooms and have flush toilets and hot showers.
Tambo Ilusion does not permit towels or linens to be taken from the room - please request a beach sarong from the management, or bring your own beach towel or sarong.
Tambo Ilusion is proud to share the award received from TripAdvisor: "Certificate of Excellence 2017". Tambo Ilusion has received this same recognition in 2015 and 2016. This award celebrates excellence in hospitality, and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
This 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, a private mind-body nutrition coaching session, daily activities and, of course, free time for swimming, resting, 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, 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!
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, enjoy a short outing only 10 kilometers away to discover Awashiyacu waterfall, which is 35 meters high. The waterfall runs down rocks with dense vegetation, ending in a pool of where you can enjoy a dip in its refreshing water. etc. 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 escort Ayla, our equine friend (our horse) to her paddock and feed her. Along the way, we'll stop at a viewpoint to enjoy a healthy drink while admiring the stunning sunset (weather permitting) and Ayla grazing peacefully. 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 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 the birds and the murmur of the creek's running water.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Johanne, originally from Montreal, Canada, is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and Reiki master. She holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and is a mind-body nutrition and eating psychology coach. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at E-RYT-200 hour level. She has over 1600 hours of teaching experience worldwide. She is a certified SUP yoga instructor. She completed her first teacher training in 2004. Since then, she has trained in the schools of Iyengar (India, France) and Anusara yoga (Thailand, Indonesia, Canada). Sha is awarded with a TripAdvisor Excellence Award for 2017.
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 jungle); northeast of Lima.
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.
Enjoy wholesome vegetarian meals which are prepared 3 times daily. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and seasonal. Some of the fruit come from our own trees (citrus, papayas, mangos, bananas, star fruit and more). Each meal includes a fresh salad.
Dishes prepared for our guests: hummus with roasted vegetables, vegetarian adaptations of Peruvian dishes like squash stew with fresh corn, vegetable soup with amaranth, quinoa with sautéed vegetables and sweet potato purée,etc.
Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced 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. You can also visit Ahuashiyacu waterfall, a main attraction of the area located only 11 kilometers from Tambo Ilusion at an extra cost.
If you need help in planning your trip in Peru, we would be happy to give you suggestions.
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.
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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