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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Peru.
Add a twist to your yoga practice by practicing on water. As seen in National Geographics Traveller, the retreat location is ideal for those who are seeking a yoga holiday in nature with the added excitement of SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) yoga lessons. This fun all-inclusive wellness retreat will help you connect with nature and take your yoga practice to a whole new level. Come play on a floating mat in a spectacular setting with Johanne, a passionate certified Hatha and SUP yoga instructor. Together, you will embrace the moment and connect to the surroundings.
At Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, guests sleep in rustic and quaint wooden bungalows. They have two very comfortable double beds and mosquito netting, its private bathroom with a heated shower, and a screened veranda where two hammocks hang for your enjoyment. Each bungalow has electricity as well as a solar lamp. There is a total of 6 bungalows.
Tambo Ilusion, considered one of Peru's top five yoga retreat centers by Peru’s most prestigious newspaper El Comercio, is dedicated to offering its guests a wonderfully rich experience at a reasonable price. Not only will you leave this wellness retreat feeling empowered, 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 jungle.
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.
Come get your feet wet! This fun retreat includes morning and afternoon SUP yoga classes in a gorgeous natural spring. If, at times the weather is not suitable, on land yoga sessions would be 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.
There will be a variety of styles practiced during the retreat: Hatha, gentle, flow, and yoga Nidra. Meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) will also be practiced daily.
Discover a new way to play in the water participating in this refreshingly and playful SUP yoga holiday. Experience the peace that comes from practicing yoga in the Amazon rainforest, SUP yoga in the calm and warm waters of a natural spring, eating wholesome and delicious meals, becoming more connected with nature, falling asleep listening to the sound of fauna, etc. You can expect all your senses to be stimulated!
Take your yoga practice to a whole new level with SUP Yoga. The 360-degree view that this practice offers in inversions is spectacular. On the water, one feels totally connected with the environment. In addition, practicing yoga on a paddleboard is challenging as being on an unstable surface increases the intensity of the practice, making it a complete workout.
This practice demands more concentration too. Meditating on water is an experience not to be missed either. And you will soak up all the benefits of your practice in Savasana floating with the water caressing your dangling fingers. Bliss! This practice feeds the soul.
Everyone can learn and practice SUP yoga. Tambo Ilusión offers the ideal environment for beginner SUP yoga practitioners as super smooth and calm water makes it easier with balance. If you are an experienced yogi then you shall dive in this amazing practice that will challenge you in a fantastic way.
You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll with Johanne to accompany Ayla and Paco, her equine friends to their paddock and feed them. Along the way, you will stop at a viewpoint to enjoy a healthy drink while admiring the stunning sunset and Ayla grazing peacefully.
This pleasurable activity offers both the benefits of equine-imity and sunset therapies, both known to be soothing for the soul. You will also have free time to simply lounge in a hammock reading or napping, do a bit of bird and monkey watching and/or do whatever it is your heart desires.
At Tambo Ilusion, time is not measured by clocks but by 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.
This retreat will take place at Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, Tarapoto, Peru. It is a beautiful nature reserve recognized by the Ministry of Environment of Peru. Tambo Ilusion is located in the rural area of Tarapoto, situated in the San Martin region of Peru (in the Amazon rainforest where the Andes meet the Amazon offering spectacular views).
It 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.
Tarapoto is the main gateway to the northeastern forest of Peru. Tarapoto is the main tourist hub of this part of Peru, and it is often used as a 'jump off' point for excursions into the vast Amazon rainforest.
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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.
Tambo Ilusion can organize excursions to the main tourist attractions of the region.
You can take a moto-taxi to town to find souvenirs at the 'mercado' and savor delicious Peruvian chocolate. If you will be interested, cooking classes and massage sessions can also be arranged.
Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport
From Tarapoto, head towards El Distrito de la Banda de Shilcayo on the highway to Yurimaguas. At kilometer 2.5 of highway to Yurimaguas (just past the entrance to La Laguna Venecia), there is a dirt road on the right. Take that dirt road and you will soon come to a fork, then keep right. Tambo Ilusion is about 500 meters from that fork.
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 to Tarapoto, passing through Chiclayo. To get to Tarapoto, is a 30-hour bus ride (approximately 1500 kilometers 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. Getting to Tarapoto by bus from any town north of Lima along the Peruvian coast is relatively easy and the other option is a bus route from Lima going through Tingo Maria. This route is about 500 kilometers less than going through Chiclayo, and it takes about 23 hours. The bus goes through the Andes to get to the forest, it passes through a city called Ticlio.
There is a three day boat ride from Iquitos - Yurimaguas on the Huallaga, Maran, and Amazonas rivers. Once in Yurimaguas, take a bus to Tarapoto (a 2 hours and 30 minutes ride).
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