About This Center
Tambo Ilusión is a nature reserve as well as a wellness retreat center offering alternative retreat programs. Our wellness retreats are offered ongoingly thoughout the year except for the months of March and August.
Located in the rural area of Tarapoto in the San Martin region of Peru, Tambo Ilusión will transport you miles away from the city life.
Tambo Ilusion is easily accessible. We are located less than 20 minutes away from the local airport and 15 minutes from the center of Tarapoto city. Yet, once on the property one is totally immersed in nature.
The jewels of Tambo Ilusión are its secluded fresh water lagoon which is a natural spring and the gorgeous yoga shala. Both will carry you to a different dimension!
We have started a medicinal plant garden and are happy to share some of the interesting properties of these plants with our guests
At Tambo Ilusión, we offer various retreat experiences: yoga retreat, detox retreat, Reiki initiation Level 1, Vegetarian (or vegan) culinary retreat, SUP yoga retreat, Ayahuesca retreats, retreats with master plants, etc. to promote wellness of our guests and of our space ship (our planet).
Also, contact us if you are interested in hosting your own wellness retreat here.
Ranked #1 of 82 in its category on TripAdvisor, with 85 amazing reviews, Tambo Ilusion is well worth discovering.
Come enjoy a nurturing transformational retreat experience and the wonders of nature in this beautiful protected area.
Amazing experience! This has been the best gift I've given myself. I went to Tambo Ilusión for a 5 days-4 night yoga retreat and I definitely consider them to be among the best days of my life. The place invites you to relax and just indulge with your surroundings. Days wen't by so fast when you leave you already want to go back. It almost feels as if leaving an intense body and mind spa treatment. In addition to the breathtaking views of the jungle, the bungalows are super comfortable, the food is amazing and all the activities are so well planned and instructed. Johanne is an amazing yoga and meditation teacher, and when you think it couldn't get better, she amazes you with her Reiki, cooking and nutrition skills. Armando, on the other hand, is such a dedicated and passionate conservationists. He is such an interesting and entertaining person to talk to; and you can see he is slowly but steadily making his own self-sustainable paradise in this land. They're both kind and inspiring. I recommend Tambo Ilusión hands down. A weekend or a whole 10 days retreat. It is time and money well invested on your well being.
Venue HighlightsWe are happy to share with our guests our unique home and the activities we do in order to achieve to live in harmony with nature in a sustainable manner. You will enjoy the gorgeous and peaceful natural surroundings. The jewel of Tambo Ilusión is its secluded fresh water lagoon which is a cool and refreshing natural spring, 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. It's the perfect spot to do some soul searching.
Tambo Ilusión Retreat Center is a proud winner of the prestigious Certificate of Excellence designation received from TripAdvisor: "Certificate of Excellence 2015”, “Certificate of Excellence 2016" and “Certificate of Excellence 2017". This award recognizes establishments that consistently earn glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Tambo Ilusion is a 2018 winner of the LTG Award (Luxury Travel Guide).
Tambo Ilusión was also chosen as one of Peru's top five yoga retreat centers in a publication of El Comercio, one of the main national newspaper!
Guests rave about the food as well as the personalized attention, the beauty of the surroundings and the quality of the self-care practices offered (yoga, Reiki session, guided nature walks, etc.).
You can trust you will have an unforgettable and lasting experience in this oasis.
Tambo Ilusión offers an environment that is conducive to many A-ha moments.
More highlights of Tambo Ilusión:
Ideal location - close to the local airport and the center of town yet, surrounded by forest.
It's owner, Armando Rodriguez is a visionary. He is passionate about his 34 acre (14 hectare) garden!
Everybody that sets foot on this property is taken by its beauty and its energy. No one wants to leave!
Low magnetic field on the property. We encourage doing a digital detox during your time here.
There is no electricity in the rooms. Using candles creates a romantic atmosphere and guests claim to sleep so well here.
Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center is family run. Expect very personalized attention. We offer an intimate experience.
AccommodationsIf the luxury of a 5 star establishment is what you are looking for, Tambo Ilusión might not be for you. Tambo Ilusión retreat is not a resort, it is a countryside home and you are welcome to stay and live an alternative transformational and "experiential" experience; that is we wish to make you feel at home here.
The wooden tambos (cabines) are rustic and quaint. They have two very comfortable double beds and mosquito netting. A hammock hangs on the porch of each tambo. Each tambo has a solar lamp. There is a total of 6 tambos. We have a capacity of 16 beds.
There’s no need to bring your nature white noise music, you’ll have the real thing right outside your door!
Amenities: shared spacious bathrooms, flush toilets, hot water showers and we offer an electricity-free environment (except in the dining area). Here, you will disconnect from the outside world as there is no WiFi service. You will benefit greatly from a digital detox.
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineGuests rave about the nourishing and delicious food served here, especially omnivores who were a little concerned about eating a vegetarian diet for the duration of their stay!
Healthy, colorful, varied, delicious and nourishing meals are prepared with care and love.
Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice.
DirectionsTambo Ilusion is situated in the high jungle mountain region of the Amazon rainforest (400 meters or 1300 feet above sea level).
It is a short 1h15 minute domestic flight from Lima's International Airport to Tarapoto. There are many flights daily.
Tambo Ilusión is located only 20 minutes away from Tarapoto's local airport.
Transfers to and from the airport by mototaxi are included in each of our programs.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Amar Parkinson January 11, 2019
I signed up to the 5 day yoga retreat at Tambo Ilusion for a few reasons. I wanted to take some time out in a relaxed environment to reflect on some recent challenges I had been experiencing. I also wanted to strengthen the foundations of my yoga practice so I have something to take back to the UK with me. I can honestly say that being at Tambo Ilusion has helped me to achieve both of these aims and more. Eating a fresh vegetarian diet has done wonders for my digestive system making me feel lighter and healthier. Every meal has been varied, colourful, tasty, thoughtfully put together and beautifully presented. Moreover, during mealtimes Johanne is happy to discuss enthusiastically the health benefits of the different elements that make up the meal we are eating. I have been able to experience how living amongst the serenity of nature and practicing yoga and meditation within this beautiful setting has really helped to calm my mind and take a step back to reflect. Johanne’s yoga instruction pays particular attention to the importance of alignment. Along with a variety of classes each offering a slightly different perspective, this has really allowed me to deepen my connection with my own personal practice. Not to mention the tips and additional resources that Johanne has provided so that I can keep developing my practice. I have had a really amazing time at Tambo Illusion. Both Johanne and Armando are very welcoming and I thoroughly recommend this retreat to practice yoga and connect.
Jade van Putten December 10, 2018
The retreat itself is nestled in a perfect part of Tarapoto, not too far from the city but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of motortaxis and the plaza. I was welcomed with open arms by Johanne, her husband Armando and Daniel and Gabriela who looked after the meals and additional services. I travelled from Australia and wasn’t sure what to expect. But my time there was relaxing, rewarding and I feel I left with a great sense of clarity that I had been searching for. I completed the Level 1 Reiki initiation which was informative and really helped me understand the principles to go forth and practice on myself, friends and family. I can’t wait to return!
Onnik Mikaelian June 14, 2018
Armando and Johanne create such a wonderful atmosphere, which feels like home. The place is serene and tranquil, yet full of life. One almost immediately forgets the noises of the big city, when stepping foot through the gates of Tambo Ilusion, as rain, wind or the animal life in the jungle create wonderful harmonious sounds. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast provided a healthy start to the day. Daniel is the Master Chef and his skills to create a perfect blend of healthy and nutritious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is evident with every meal. My time at Tambo Ilusion was wonderful and I enjoyed talking with and learning about Tarapoto and Peru from Armando, Johanne and Daniel. Thank you. Look forward to visiting again. I want to thank you again for your hospitality. My stay at Tambo Ilusion was absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed every moment of it. My experience with the master plant ayahuasca was memorable and incredible. I can really truly appreciate everything about it and Lucho's passion in creating the proper set and setting. Look forward to staying at Tambo in the near future and experiencing more of what the Amazon has to offer. I plan to organize a trip to Tambo Ilusion with a number of my friends, so they can experience the magic as well.
Annonymous November 28, 2017
I left Lima with the only intention to participate in a Yoga Retreat and receive the New Years helped and motivated by the Asanas. I was so lucky to have found a place that gives you so much in just a few days. Johanna is not only a Yoga instructor, she is a spiritual guide, a kind and devoted one. She is a great nutritionist so while you are breathing your fears away your body is expelling toxins without suffering from hunger at all. Armando is responsable for the amazing sustainability project the have developed in Tambo Ilusion, not only the place is Beautiful but it is Meaningful. He is recuperating animals, plants and trees that otherwise would be "eaten" by irresponsable construction developments. They are a simple yet sophisticated couple with a mission and they have an extraordinary network of shamans and curanderos that help you with your different issues. It is a life changing wonderful experience I recommend. ~MilanoMusi
Annonymous November 28, 2017
I did the 5 day yoga and nature retreat, I don't know where to start this review as it was 10/10 for me. It was just amazing. I wanted to do more than one retreat in a row but I had run out of travel time. All the retreats look amazing and after visiting I want to do them even more! Tambo illusion was beautiful and Armando and his team do an amazing job at keeping it protected and conserved. It was very inspiring to see and meet someone so dedicated to this. It was very hot so don't forget some cooler clothing but also remember to bring long cloths for mosquitos. Don't forget your swimmers either because the lagoon they have is so so so relaxing, you can't not get in it!! I only wore bug spray once on the trek and only gotten bitten once by a sand fly so bonus of this area is the mosquitos aren't crazy. You just need to where socks and long cloths early morning and early evening. The yoga was in depth and Johanne was an amazing teacher. She has so much knowledge and patience to be able to create an amazing schedule for you and I can see she can customise depending on level. I have been to a few classes back at home all ready and honestly nothing compares to Johannes teaching! I also received reiki from Johanne which was incredible and she also reikied my room after I had some bad dreams the night before. The food was amazing cooked by Daniel and Gabriella. I had lemon tea brought to me each morning by Johanne which was a great start to the day. The meals were created with love and passion, they were absolutely delicious. On my last day I also got to prepare a breakfast with Johanne and it was an amazing end to my stay. I've come home very inspired to eat better, live better and do the thing I love doing more. This experience was more than I could have asked for and I really hope to return one day! Tambo ilusion is rustic and would be amazing to just stay a few nights at through out your travels but it was an amazing way to finish my 5 week trip in peru by attending the retreat and delving deeply into mind body and spirit connection. Would highly recommend :) ~SamVau
Annonymous November 28, 2017
Tambo Ilusion is exactly what you would want in an Amazonian resort. Comfortable, yet simple. Stunning yet natural. Remote yet accessible. I spent a week with Johanne Delisle at Tambo Ilusion to detox and meditate. It was a life changing experience and would recommend to anyone who is seeking to find inner peace. Her yoga style is one that I have been looking for for nearly ten years. It focuses on perfecting the alignment of simple poses, on deepening the breath and clearing the mind to truly feel the benefits of yoga. There is a reason that she only gets 5 stars reviews on Trip Advisor; there is no 6 stars option. Johanne is more than a retreat host, she is now a new friend. What an amazing week at Tambo Ilusion where I have learned so much about myself, about my body and about life. Detoxing for 8 days is much more than just removing gallbladder stones from your body. I feel reborn and ready to live my life in a new healthier way. It is amazing how taking a simple pause can make you so much stronger. Tambo Ilusion is a great little secret hideaway in the Amazon. The cabins are adorable, the beds are five stars and the hammock is great for napping or daydreaming. The land is just what you imagine the Amazon to be, minus the scary insects and animals. The natural pond is breathtaking and perfect for an afternoon dip. Johanne just told me that she is getting certified as a SUP yoga instructor. I can't wait to return to Tambo Ilusion to try it. Johanne was much more than a host. I found in her a new friend as well as a new yoga/wellness/nutrition coach. Her style is one of peace and serenity with no judgment making it easy to open up. Since Johanne also offers virtual consultancy services, I am keeping her in my life to ensure that I always stay healthy. Armando was also very nice. He guided me for an afternoon walk along his property, showing me medicinal plants and trees that he has planted for his kids and grand-kids to enjoy in 30+ years. His love for his land is truly inspiring. All in all, my retreat changed my life and I am sure it will also change yours. And this is coming from a successful travel blogger (luxeinacity.com) who has been to over 70 countries in the span on 170 months, staying at hundreds of luxury hotels along the way. I am a nomad, and I am sure to return to Tambo Ilusion next time I need to take a pause from the rest of the world. " I hope this review will help Johanne stand out as one of the best in her field. If you have any questions, do let me know. Regards, Roxanne Genier
Annonymous November 28, 2017
Tambo Ilusion is the most beautiful environment for anyone that wants to relax, reconnect with themselves and nature and benefit their overall well being. I went for the 5 day yoga retreat and it was everything I was looking for. I loved the yoga classes, focused on alignment and connection with the breath, incorporating meditation and intentions. All of the food was extremely tasty nutritious - every meal will leave you feeling satiated and nourished. Johanne is so knowledgeable about nutrition and I loved chatting with her about food, recipes, and all things health and wellness. Johanne and Armando are such genuine, loving and caring people and so passionate about conserving their land. The rest of the staff are great as well. "Tambo" huts and beds are very comfy and well kept. Being surrounded by lush nature and the sounds of the jungle was paradise. Swimming in the beautiful and refreshing lagoon is a must! Overall, I can't say enough good things - experience for yourself and feel the changes in your mind, body, and spirit. I hope to return one day. OH and Johanne has made an amazing cook book with her recipes, so I can't wait to make to make them at home :) ~Jenn
Annonymous November 28, 2017
This has been the best gift I've given myself. I went to Tambo Ilusión for a 5 days-4 nights retreat and I definitely consider them to be among the best days of my life. The place invites you to relax and just indulge with your surroundings. Days went by so fast, when you leave you already want to go back. It almost feels as if leaving an intense body and mind spa treatment. In addition to the breathtaking views of the jungle, the bungalows are super comfortable, the food is amazing and all the activities are so well planned and instructed. Johanne is an amazing yoga and meditation teacher, and when you think it couldn't get better, she amazes you with her Reiki, cooking and nutrition skills. Armando, on the other hand, is such a dedicated and passionate conservationists. He is such an interesting and entertaining person to talk to; and you can see he is slowly but steadily making his own self-sustainable paradise in this land. They're both kind and inspiring. I recommend Tambo Ilusión hands down. A weekend or a whole 10 days retreat. It is time and money well invested on your well being. Fiorella S
Jessica Bertram January 24, 2017
I arrived for a detox retreat and had anticipated significant hardship and sacrifices for the process of it. Holy Smokes, how mistaken I was! Cabins were spacious and clean, I rested in the most comfortable beds of the entire Amazon (yes, I have tried many...), hammocks just outside each cabin were the perfect spot to watch the sunset in betwwen the trees, and the lagoon just added to an incredibly enjoyable and succesful experience. The vegan food, its combination and flavors, just blew my mind on a daily basis and melted some extra pounds away, too. Johanna´s passion, compassion, dedication to her guests, her open ear and yoga classes are both fun and priceless, and the setting in a legally recognized private conservation area that offers beautiful and relaxing surroundings in charge of Armando just add to the whole experience. For me, this is the place to go in Peru if you are truly committed to reconnect with yourself and nature. I feel blessed to have had this outstanding experience.
Lawrence O'Connor October 26, 2015
My girlfriend and I did a weeklong yoga retreat with Johanne in the jungle. It was honestly one of the most restorative weeks of my life and we cannot thank Armando and Johanne enough for our hospitality. If you're looking for a ritzy, pampered stay at a resort, this is not the place for you. But if you enjoy immersing yourself in nature and the company of good people, I would highly recommend coming to Tambo Ilusión. The staff made themselves only as available as was necessary so that when we wanted to be alone, we felt COMPLETELY alone, yet when we wanted connection and interaction, someone was always there to help. I could probably write this entire review about the food if I wanted, but let's just say it was absolutely incredible and extremely healthy. I'm not a vegetarian by any standard, but I did not consume one ounce of meat and was absolutely satisfied at every meal. Also, not only did I not lack energy. I actually felt MORE energetic during my time there. I would love to come back and do a cooking retreat with Johanne, just to learn how to make all of her delicious recipes.
Empoder Alicia October 25, 2015
There's a few places that I have experienced in my life time that I can say have truly changed my life. In the 5 days that I spent at Tambo Illusion with Jo and Armando with my love, my life changed through the amazing, healthy vegetarian cooking and gentle yoga classes twice a day with learning deeply about my yoga practice. As an intermediate Ashatangi, practicing 5 times a week, Jo's classes were deeply informative and taught me how to bring deeper alignment to my practice. I thoroughly loved her classes and her gentle guidance on how to continuously improve. I highly recommend the yoga retreat to anyone who is interested in learning more about themselves in a relaxing, beautiful environment. The reason why I chose Tambo Illusion is because it looks like a really authentic place in the jungle with still the comfort of a high quality hotel. Everything is perfectly clean, comfortable, with the chance to take your mind off all your troubles and truly relax. I've never felt so refreshed in my life!! My favorite part of the stay was Jo and Armando! Armando has such a deep passion for this land, as he has cultivated it for the last 30 years. During our long hike, we learned a lot about the jungle and explored. He took us to his secret spot which was so relaxing and fun to dip into the water. Jo is truly a magical, loving women with so many skill-sets. After eating her clean, vegetarian meals, that were better than anything I've ever cooked before, I'm inspired to learn more about healthy eating. If you have the chance to try out her cooking class, you will learn more than you ever imagined. The fact that she has so many creative, unique ingredients in the jungle is truly a surprise!!! We had long talks for hours and I learned so much about myself. I love Tambo Illusion and I will be back with family and close friends. What a magical oasis! Visited October 2015
We have had the most incredible 5 nights with you, thank you for everything you have taught us. You have the perfect place to relax and feel at peace, after 12 months traveling we were ready for an oasis of calm and that is what we found! The yoga and meditation sessions were wonderful. We both want to build on what you taught us. We couldn't have asked for a more tranquil setting, looking out to the beautiful nature and hearing the noises of the jungle. Especially the evening yoga sessions when the sun is setting and the shadows look incredible. Thank you for the amazing food, the colours and flavours and the delicious smoothies, we will attempt to recreate them at home! Hiking to the cascades with Armando was a beautiful day, he is a great host with lots of knowledge, we felt very looked after by both of you. Doing the 4 nights yoga retreat was the perfect way to prepare for the ayahuasca ceremony of the 5th night. Yoga, hiking, relaxing in the hammocks, swimming in the lagoon, amazing food, comfy beds and learning about the amazing environment we were in. The ayahuasca ceremony was in the perfect setting and we both felt completely safe and relaxed with the shaman recommended by you both. We are so happy we found you and Tambo Ilusión, hopefully one day we will return! Namasté -Charlotte and Stewart, England
We weren't quite sure what to expect on this trip but this time we spent in Tambo Ilusión surpassed all our expectations and we're sad that we have to leave so soon. It's not often that you meet people who are so willing to share their time and their home with people they've never met and have the ability to make them feel like family. You've given us more in these few days than we could ever hope to give in return. We'll do our best to make your dream of Tambo Ilusión grow in whatever way we can. Armando, it's really inspiring to meet a person who is so passionate about what they do and how everything in your life is focused towards making your vision a reality. You took the time to teach us that everything is connected and even the littlest action can have a direct impact on the big picture. Johanne, you are our first yoga teacher and we'll always be grateful that you were so patient with us. You made us feel comfortable and helped us connect to a part of us that we were not aware of before. We're excited to see what more yoga has to offer thanks to you. We've told you already how much we like your food but we're super excited for your cookbook and WE LOVE YOUR COOKING!! Thanks again for everything and this is just the first of many visits. - Malena & Richard, Peru/USA