Tambo Ilusión

Wellness Retreat Center

Fall in love with this idyllic place situated in the Amazon rainforest.  Tambo Ilusión is a beautiful nature reserve, which stretches over 14 hectares (34 acres). Due to the forest within its boundaries and the onsite natural spring (lovingly referred to as "la laguna"), the venue has been recognized by Peru's Ministry of Environment as a "Private Conservation Area (ACP)" for the conservation activities practiced here for over 30 years by its owner, Armando Rodriguez Tynan. As such, Tambo Ilusión is part of the "system of Protected Natural Areas of Peru (SINANPE)" along with Machu Picchu Sanctuary and Manu National Park... Located on the outskirts of Tarapoto, which translates to "the city of palms", it is situated on the high rainforest plateau in the Northern part of Peru.

This tropical property is operated by Johanne and Armando, a Canadian / Peruvian couple who created this quaint and rustic retreat center where ongoing alternative wellness programs are offered. The tourism activities help support the conservation projects of this beautiful property.

If the luxury of a five-star establishment is what you are looking for, Tambo Ilusión might not be for you. Tambo Ilusion is not a resort, it is more of a countryside home. Here, we cater to nature lovers, health seekers and yogis. We offer different wellness programs in a welcoming and cozy atmosphere, transporting you miles away from busy city life and into a place full of natural beauty and biodiversity. Prepare to be awed by the beautiful fluffy clouds, spectacular sunsets and starry nights.

Excellent reviews

Tambo Ilusión Retreat Center is a proud to have received from TripAdvisor, the prestigious "Certificate of Excellence 2015”, “Certificate of Excellence 2016", “Certificate of Excellence 2017" and “Certificate of Excellence 2019". This award recognizes establishments that consistently earn glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Tambo Ilusión was chosen as one of Peru's top five yoga retreat centers and as one of the ecological resorts to discover in 2015 by "El Comercio", one of the main national newspapers.

Guests rave about the natural beauty of the property, the personal attention, the food served here and the quality of the experience we offer.  

The refuge offers guests an electricity-free environment in all the tambos (cabins), as we believe this is the best way to disconnect from the digital world and fully get in touch with the wonders of nature that surround us. Guests are invited to sleep in cozy thatched roof, wooden “tambos” i.e. cabins that feature a covered porch as well as a hanging hammock to lounge in. Every cabin is equipped with mosquito nets creating a romantic ambiance and two very comfortable double beds. And there’s no need to bring your nature white noise music, you’ll have the real thing right outside your door!  We provide clean shared bathrooms with the option of hot showers and a dining area where there is electricity and you can charge your electronic devices.

It is simply magical to spend time meditating and practicing yoga on the dock of the lagoon while enjoying the chant of the birds and the murmur of the creek's running water or swimming in its pure healing water of the natural spring which is cool and refreshing surrounded by tropical vegetation all the while observing the birds do their thing. It is so private. One really finds him or herself in this blissful environment.

Yoga and meditation classes are held in Tambo Ilusión's gorgeous yoga space which looks out on the surrounding natural beauty. It is certainly the second jewel of the retreat center.  The soundscape (the natural chorus of wind, birds, monkeys, insects, etc.) will transport you to a place of natural serenity deep within yourself during your practice; especially in Savasana, the final relaxation pose.

Tambo Ilusión offers an environment that is conducive to many A-ha moments.

After a retreat at Tambo Ilusión, you will return home not only having had an unforgettable, restful, inspiring, memorable and life changing holiday experience, but also having made a difference by helping us protect the nature of this beautiful and precious corner of the world: the Amazon rainforest.

At Tambo Ilusión, we take pride in offering an intimate experience and personalized attention to our guests. It is a family-run business, we love what we do and we'd love to have you come spend quality time with us.

OPTIONAL THINGS TO DO

Get a massage...

Receive a healing session from a local traditional healer.

Visit a chocolate factory.

Go for an outing in Tarapoto to look for souvenirs, savor a cup of local coffee, visit a orchid garden of 3000 species, an animal rescue center, etc.

Getting there

It’s easy to get to Tambo Ilusión from Lima. Four airline companies offer daily one hour flights to Tarapoto and the venue is located only 15 minutes away from the local airport by mototaxi.  The transfers to and from the airport are included in all packages.

What to bring

Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries, swimwear and towel or sarong, comfortable clothes (long pants and long sleeve shirts), comfortable yoga wear, bug repellent (natural if possible), after bite remedy, earplugs, eye mask, sunhat, sunglasses, flip flops, walking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, earth-friendly toiletries, reading and writing material.

Host your own event

We offer facilities for retreat leaders, groups or instructors wishing to conduct their own workshops, courses or retreats.