6 Day Vegetarian / Vegan/ Raw Culinary Retreat in the Amazon of Peru

  • Tambo Ilusion Tambo Ilusion
  • Tambo Ilusion, Tarapoto, jungle of Peru
  • Ongoing package (6 days / 5 nights)
  • $760 - $1060

About us

Cooking, preparing homemade meals is an important self-care practice as food nourishes us on all levels.  Cooking is a creative activity that is good for the soul.  Cooking and eating brings people together.

Johanne is thrilled to share her passion and knowledge of plant based food preparation, yoga and holistic health in a retreat setting. During this retreat, you will prepare and eat delightful plant-based food, learn, explore, rest, improve your health, and so much more. Come discover new recipes, your talent as a cook, a special place and new people, as well as information that can inspire you to live a healthier and richer life.

If you love cooking and want fresh ideas for vegetarian options, or if you want to learn to cook, or maybe you are a foodie, or a health enthusiast, then you will love this culinary adventure! Held at the stunning Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, this retreat will give you the chance to get a real taste of vegetarian cooking with this perfectly blended 6-day retreat.

If you already follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you might become savvier and will come away with tasty recipes, as the possibilities of vegetarian dishes are endless. There's so much you can do with fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils and peas), whole grains, sea vegetables (seaweeds) nuts, and seeds, which are all part of a balanced vegetarian diet. Come learn to transform these ingredients in delightful dining experiences that are sure to excite your palate and engage your senses.

You will accompany Johanne on an outing to the local market in the early morning once. The market experience is one that should not be missed while traveling. You will visit a food market so you can be part of the local scene and get a feel of the local culture. You shall get to explore regional cuisine and witness the variety of produce offered. You'll see the locals, including what they eat, how they dress, how they relate to each other, etc. This little adventure will enrich your travel experience as you practice your language skills, take a few pictures, and maybe buy a few souvenirs.

Following her guests advice, Johanne has created a cookbook from her recipes that are most popular among her guests. You will receive this cookbook by partaking in this fun cooking vacation. It will be a souvenir to cherish and relish! 

Your hosts, Johanne and Armando, a Canadian/Peruvian couple are happy to greet you in their little paradise and share some of their passions for nature and self-care practices.  Your retreat leader, Johanne is a Hatha yoga instructor, vegetarian cook and wellness coach.  She treasures creating connections with her guests through fulfilling conversations and sharing some of her passions for holistic health (nutrition, home made food, yoga, Reiki, equine therapy...).

This retreat is offered all year round (except for March and August). This retreat is hosted for one to two people to ensure an intimate experience for all.

We offer this retreat at the following fixed dates at the price of 960 USD (or 1010 USD with emphasis on raw food) per person in single occupation.   If you are two people sharing a room (that has two double beds), the cost is 1350 USD (675 USD per person) or if you wish to emphasis on raw food recipes, the cost is 1450 (725 per person).    

  • Feb 11th - 16th 2019
  • May 6th - 11th 2019
  • June 17th - 22nd 2019
  • Oct 21st - 26th 2019          

If these dates do not work for you, this retreat can be hosted at a date that is convenient for you depending on availability, of course.  The cost of running a private retreat for you is 1160 USD.  We guarantee that this retreat runs even for only one participant!  If the reservation is for two people sharing a room, the cost is 1550 USD (775 USD per person) or if you wish to enphasis on raw food recipes, the cost for a private retreat for two people is 1650 USD (825 USD per person).

Please note that the option to emphasize on raw recipes is a bit more expensive as the ingredients used to prepare most recipes cost more. 

Before arrival, you will be asked what foods you love, what foods you dislike, if you have any food allergies or intolerances, and if you want to focus on lacto-ovo vegetarian recipes (no meat, no fish, no animal tissue products), vegan recipes (which consist of only plant-derived foods, no animal products at all, i.e. no eggs, milk, cheese, nor honey) or raw recipes. The recipes and menus are then further customized to honor such requests.

Imagine six glorious days spent in a beautiful natural reserve, eating well, spending half the day in the kitchen learning the how-tos of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food preparation including raw desserts! 

Did you ever consider that cooking is meditation in disguise? 

Although completely submerged in nature once on the property, Tambo Ilusión Retreat Center is conveniently located 15 minutes from the local airport and from the center of town (Tarapoto).  It is easy to get here, but you won't want to leave once the retreat ends!  

Review

I had a great and relaxing time at Tambo Ilusion. Johanne and Armando are both giving people that helped me with everything I needed/wanted. Tambo Ilusion provided me with a much needed escape from society, the internet, and social media. I enjoyed doing the trip on my own for some solitude and time for self reflection, but can also imagine this being a great place to go with loved ones. I'm not sure if I would do the culinary immersion with others, as the kitchen is a bit small for several people. I spent the mornings learning healthy and delicious meals that I have already made in the 3 days I have been home! I even had the opportunity to explore the local markets to buy some of the ingredients. Between cooking, gentle yoga, and swimming and the lagoon I had a lot of fun and left feeling restored. Tambo Ilusion provides an amazing experience for a great value. There is also an opportunity to do ayahuasca for a night if you ask in advance. 

Rebecca T., USA



This has been an experience that completely answered my needs, my wants, and my desires. I searched through the USA before I found Tambo Ilusion and my heart soared with excitement. Johanne was offering a vegan retreat and to push the envelope further, I asked for gluten free as well. There’s no stopping Johanne’s enthusiasm for great nutrition and sharing her knowledge. What a privilege to have met Johanne and Armando. People with loving hearts, strong focus and ethics. Tambo Ilusion is a beautiful conservation property. It is beautifully presented. The accommodation is incredibly comfortable. Best bed I have slept in in weeks. Coming from many thousands of miles away in the world is emotionally busy, travelling is physically challenging in its many forms. Tambo Ilusion has been the respite I needed after weeks of being on high alert in foreign lands. Here I have relaxed, unwound and rejuvenated over five days and I am ready to go on for many more weeks of travel. I have addressed physical aches and pains. Johanne organized a massage for me by a local woman. I have eaten the most delicious, nutritious meals in abundance. Never did hunger visit me here. Emotionally, I am feeling calm in a state of inner peace thanks to the yoga from Johanne. I would never hesitate to return here should I return to Peru and see my new friends for a follow

Event Highlights

  • 5 nights' cozy accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 5 hands-on culinary workshop of 4 hours each
  • A guided nature walk in Tambo Ilusion's protected forest trail
  • Free time for swimming in the amazing fresh water lagoon, or relaxing in your hammock
  • Johanne's cookbook which contains more than 100 recipes
  • Natural purified water
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Airport transfer from and to Tarapoto airport by moto-taxi (a 20-minute ride)
  • Visit to a local market

Venue Highlights

We 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 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.

Excellent reviews
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 also the 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 Retreat Center

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.
Johanne's kitchen is fun to hang out while listening to the sounds of the monkeys, experimenting with food, chatting away, taste testing...

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Schedule

08:30 Preparation of breakfast and enjoy a sit-down breakfast
10:00 cooking workshop preparing midday meal
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Free time to swim, relax on the dock of the fresh water lagoon, read and nap in your hammock, etc.
19:00 Supper followed by free time for stargazing and relaxation

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Guests 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 with us!
Healthy, colorful, varied and nourishing meals are prepared with care and love.

Wholesome vegetarian meals are prepared 3 times daily. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and seasonal. Some of the fruit come from our own trees (citrus, papayas, mangoes, bananas, star fruit...).
Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice.

Accommodations

The wooden tambos (cabins) 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. There’s no need to bring your nature white noise music, you’ll have the real thing right outside your door!

Although the cabins are simple, most guests' first reaction when they are taken to their room is 'WOW'.

Amenities: shared spacious bathrooms, flush toilets, hot water showers and we offer an electricity-free environment (except in the dining area). You will disconnect from the outside world as there is no Wi-Fi service. You will benefit greatly from a digital detox.

Directions

Tambo 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 and from the center of town.
Transfers to and from the airport by mototaxi are included in each of our programs.

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