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... practicing yoga and meditation; a beautiful yoga/meditation room - my favourite place during the retreat; walks in the...
... from Johanne which was incredible and she also reikid my room after I had some bad dreams the night before. The food was...
... peace and well-being are the priority, with plenty of room to take your own space. I essentially turned up and spent a...
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U2610LQcathyh wrote a review Feb 2018
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My husband and I took Johanne's 8-day detox and yoga retreat at Tambo Ilusión and have come away as new people. This retreat is serious business - Johanne takes care of all of the details to make the detox process as smooth as possible. And the results are palpable: I have a fairly stressful job and was doubtful that 8 days would be sufficient to completely relax, but I truly feel like new.

The tambos are lovely little havens, with comfortable beds and space out front to hang out in the hammock. The food is delicious, there is plenty of it, and it is so well-thought out and well-presented (and tasty too) by Johanne that it rivals any vegetarian restaurant I have ever frequented. There are supplements to help the detox process; natural teas, juices; we never felt hungry at any point in the process - even during the final one-day juice fast. I suggest purchasing Johanne's cook book too, for when you inevitably have to leave you can recreate the healthy dishes back at home. I learned so much about how diet plays a huge role in one's health in general, including mental health, and have changed some of my less healthy habits as a result.

The location is spectacular - Armando has been caring for his land for over 30 years and is a wealth of information of the plants, trees and animals that inhabit the area. The information he provides regarding the medicinal properties of the trees and plants is fascinating. There is a fresh water lagoon with a small dock for swimming and practicing yoga and meditation; a beautiful yoga/meditation room - my favourite place during the retreat; walks in the rainforest; time spent with Ayla their horse; Reiki sessions and massages; in short, fantastic value for money.

There is a perfect balance between the activities and down-time for relaxing. Johanne is careful to ensure that you are feeling great and accommodates the activities to suit your mood.

Tambo Ilusión is a haven of peace and tranquillity located in the Peruvian region of Amazonas. Johanne and Armando have created perfect programmes for people who need to reboot, refresh and take stock of what is important. We will likely make this a yearly pilgrimage!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 7 Feb 2018
What a pleasure to read your awesome review! Thank you so much for sharing your experience so generously. Armando and I are thrilled that you truly benefited from the detox experience. Being surrounded by nature is the ideal setting for doing a detox. And I love to pamper our guests so they get the most out of their experience. So glad you enjoyed it all and that you feel rejuvenated. We are pleased that this experience has inspired you to create more healthy habits. which not only have a positive impact on our Self but on that of the planet's as well. It is so important to take care of mother earth, our spaceship as your husband refers to so cleverly. We look forward to your next visit! Kindest regards, Johanne and Armando
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SamVau wrote a review Oct 2016
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
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 reikid 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 illusion 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 ming body and spirit connection. Would highly recommend :)
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 21 Oct 2016
Dear SamVau, Wow, thank you so much for your awesome review. It is very motivating to get such positive feedback! It is because of Armando's vision to protect his beloved property for over 30 years that Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center exists and it is great to read that our guests appreciate his dedication and perseverance at taking care and protecting this beautiful property. All those years he dreamed of receiving guests and his dream, his vision has come true. We are very grateful that our guests love the experience they live here. We do offer various retreats for guests to take advantage of the site: vegetarian cooking and yoga retreats, detox retreats, Reiki initiation retreats, our 5 day yoga retreat as well as Armando's programs called Viva la Conservation. All programs are much appreciated. You are not the first to have had difficulty making a choice of which program to participate in! We do hope you will return to experience our other programs! Johanne is so pleased to hear how much you appreciated her yoga classes. It is a pleasure for Johanne to share her passion with our guests to help them feel more grounded and relaxed. We are thrilled that you took home some of the healthy habits that you started to put into place during your stay with us. We love to plant seeds and let them grow! Thank you so much for your lovely visit and for taking the time to share your experience in such detail on TripAdvisor. We would love to have you back for our other retreats! Until then! Kindest regards, Johanne and Armando
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Dan H wrote a review Feb 2015
London, United Kingdom12 contributions6 helpful votes
I came to Tambo Ilusion after a month of ayahuasca ceremonies near Iquitos for a week of relaxation and processing and I couldn't have picked a better spot.
Armando has built up this beautiful garden of delights from a piece of pasture land over the last 30 years, joined by Johanne, who, as well as helping to facilitate the ongoing conservation, offers some of the finest food I've ever tasted, as well as great yoga classes in the splendid maloka onsite, and the two of them have created a warm and friendly space that feels much more like a family retreat than a holiday let, where good conversation, nature, peace and well-being are the priority, with plenty of room to take your own space.
I essentially turned up and spent a vast amount of time in the hammock outside my lovely tambo and swimming in the wonderful onsite lagoon, hanging with Armando and Johanne and the excellent Rich and Chris who are working there at the time, reading and writing, doing yoga and meditating, and enjoying the company of the other good folk who stayed there. Again: Johanne's (and Teresa's) food is out of this world - super healthy and stupendously tasty.
I also did a great aya ceremony with Rich on my last evening, which set me up for my ongoing journey south to Cusco, and made for a perfect ending to what was a special week.
If you're reading this and wondering if you stay go here or stay somewhere else, take the first option, it's an amazing place to be.
Thanks to all, I really hope to see you again when I'm back in Peru later in the year.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 19 Feb 2015
Wow.....what a wonderful review by a wonderful guest. Thank you for choosing us and thank you for sharing with others your magical experience here at Tambo Ilusion, private conservation area and retreat center. As great as you describe your experience at Tambo Ilusion… you were a great guest to have! Constantly giving us positive feedback and witnessing how much you enjoyed your daily swims in the fresh water lagoon, hammock sessions… We hope you return soon.
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Francyne D wrote a review Jan 2015
Bromont, Canada3 contributions
My partner and I were at Tambo Ilusion this past October. We had been looking forward to arrive in the Amazon jungle for some R&R. Armando had organized an airport pick-up and a friendly mototaxi driver greeted us at the exit of the Tarapoto airport. It was just a 15 minute drive to Tambo Ilusion. Tambo Ilusion is close to the city but it is in another world! We were in the jungle!!!

We were greeted warmly by Johanne and Armando who showed us to our lovely cabin called a “Tambo” which is made of natural material and is cozy. There is a good distance between each tambo. Their thatched roofs are high which gives them a feeling of spaciousness. We took pleasant “siestas” and got the most restful nights’ sleep. It’s easy to get lost in the soothing sounds of the wild life and of the melody of the wind rustling the leaves of the trees. We spent quality time in the hammocks as well.

There are also lovely constructions made of mud and straw. The reading room is located in one of them and the shared and spacious bathrooms in another. Tambo Ilusion’s environment is rustic and quaint and also offers luxuries such as hot water showers, very comfortable beds and pillows, amazing sunsets, a private fresh water lagoon…

The grounds are beautiful. During our time there, Armando took us on a walk around his property and showed us his 14 hectare garden! He explained his permaculture project, which is at its beginning stage his projects in his hoop houses, in the pond, with the bees, with the horse, on the forest trail… Armando is very passionate and knowledgeable about his
surrounding! There is an abundance of fauna and flora on the property thanks to Armando’s care and love for his land.

Combined with Johanne’s care through excellent yoga classes in the gorgeous “maloca”, Reiki sessions and her healthy and delicious vegetarian meals, we felt amazing after just a few days! We had lovely candle lit dinners sharing delicious food and lovely conversations with the other guests as well.

It was hot and humid while we were there and taking a dip in the lagoon just hit the spot. Sitting on the deck with our feet dangling in the water, we observed many varieties of birds fly into their nests or fly over the water to land on a branch nearby. This gorgeous lagoon is the heart of the property. The forest and its ecosystem depend on this water source that Armando has been protecting all these years.

Our time here was more than relaxing and restful, it was inspiring, restorative and educative. We learned a lot from Armando’s and Johanne’s passions. This lovely couple complete each other very well and generously welcome guests, who are interested in an unforgettable, alternative vacation experience into their home.

We highly recommend going to Tarapoto to spend quality time at Tambo Ilusion, a sanctuary located in Peruvian jungle.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 30 Jan 2015
What a lovely review! It was wonderful to have you here and to share our paradise and our interests with you. It was lovely to see how more relaxed you seemed after each and every day spent at Tambo Ilusion. The sounds of nature and the green surroundings help one unwind. So glad you had an amazing time here with us. Thanks again for everything
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Jaya1983 wrote a review Nov 2014
Brossard, Quebec, Canada33 contributions20 helpful votes
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Visited in September with my boyfriend. After being around tourists all vacation it was nice to get away and retreat into the jungle. Johanne and Armando were very welcoming they picked us up from the airport, gave us directions to the village and really let us do our own thing. The tambos (bedroom huts) were amazing, it felt like we were at a luxury camp ground, going to sleep with the sound of the jungle there's no better soundtrack than that! My boyfriend spent most of the week lying in the hammock that hung outside our door. A daily dip in the laguna was nice, and the food was AMAZING! Vegetarian food never tasted so good, each meal left us full! Of course in the jungle there was the issue of bugs, I don't like wearing bug spray but it was a must if we didn't want to be on the menu for the evening.

During our stay Armando took us out on a nature walk through the rain-forest and we participated in a Ayahuasca ceremony...must do if you are in Peru! I'm a yoga teacher so I was very interested in scoping out the place for future retreats! It is perfect for a yoga retreat, peaceful, intimate, the studio space is clean and well equipped. I would definitely consider it as a future retreat option and highly suggest it to any other teachers looking for retreat locations. If you're looking to just practice yoga, Johanne is a great teacher, very articulate and gives clear instructions (alignment based yoga for those who care).

All in all I would return. If nothing but to get away and relax!
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms were nice. Make sure you take the bed with the mosquito net over it :)
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Responded 14 Jan 2015
Thank you for your testimonial! It was a pleasure having you here! Education is part of Tambo Ilusion's mission and many of our guests learn about eating wholesome vegetarian meals during their stay. Many are surprised at how tasty, and fulfilling eating a plant-based diet can be! This motivated us to create a recipe book which should be out in 2015. Hanging out in a hammock is the ultimate thing to do while on vacation! That's what our guests tell us! Each tambo (cabin) has a hammock and we have a reading room with hanging hammocks too. One can spend the day going from the hammock to the lagoon, to the dining room, to yoga practice, to the lagoon, back to the hammock... The good life! It is important for us for our guests to leave Tambo Ilusion feeling rested and renewed! Thanks again for your visit and we hope you'll come back again soon with a group of yoga students! Namaste
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