Tambo Ilusion is a beautiful Amazon nature reserve worth discovering. It caters to wellness seekers and nature lovers.
Culinary Vacations (1)
Self Taught Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200
Johanne is a self-taught cook. In 1998, she started working in the kitchen and soon became the main cook at a beautiful hostel in Costa Rica and made a name for herself. That is where she was first introduced to the concept of vegetarian food by its vegetarian guests. Johanne became a vegetarian herself 8 years later. In 2011, Johanne became the cook at Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center where she inspired many to eat more plant-based meals. Johanne holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and is a mind-body nutrition coach. She has also written a vegetarian cookbook.
Jade Van Putten
from Australia, October 2018
"I was humbled, and welcomed like part of the family. "
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 motor taxi’s 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!
from Peru, February 2018
"A haven of peace and tranquillity"
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.
from United States, January 2018
Wow! I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this gem after searching through tons of other options. I chose Tambo Ilusion because it was within my price range and I received a beautiful, life changing experience. Johanne and Armando have created a beautiful sanctuary in the middle of the Tarapoto Jungle. The property is wonderful and the cottages are very comfortable. Waking up to the sound of rain in the night was soul soothing! Johanne was dedicated to yoga twice a day for two hours, her style encouraged further relaxation, her meal choices are AMAZING! I was able to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and simply reflect while detoxing with her DELICIOUS vegetarian options. Johanne is an amazing chief, she even shared her cookbook with me. In between yoga Johanne showed me how to cook some of her favorite recipes, including super food smoothies. Her knowledge of food and the psychology of why people eat the way they do is very impressive, she sat down with me and offered great pointers on how I can better improve my daily eating habits. Armando took me on an amazing nature walk of the property where so many amazing animals and plant species call home. He so humbly referred to it as his “garden” when in fact it is a beautiful piece of earth that he has spent over 30 years growing and caring for. His love and dedication to his “garden” is inspiring and admirable. Joehanne and Armando scheduled additional events that were fun and entertaining, including site seeing
from United States, August 2017
"Tambo Illusion Reiki Level 1 Certification"
I just wanted to leave a review in saying that I had a great time. The grounds were beautiful and the cabins were very spacious and comfortable. The food was amazing! I'm normally not a vegetarian, but I didn't miss meat at all that week. It was all so healthy and very satisfying. Joanna did my Reiki certification and I'm very glad that I did it. I have a friend that is sick, and I can't wait to try it on him when I see him next month. She sent me home with all the tools and literature I need to continue practicing. We did a few yoga sessions as well, and I appreciated her correcting my form since I don't practice yoga regularly. All in all, I had a great time relaxing, reading books, and enjoying the company of Johanne. I would recommend Tambo Illusion to anyone looking for a few days of serenity! Namaste
from Sudan, July 2017
"Amazon Jungle Oasis"
I had a fantastic yoga retreat with Johanne! I learned so much from her and was able to unwind in the beautiful Amazon jungle. The food was spectacular and everyday had a perfect balance of down time and activities. I highly recommend this retreat and thank you Johanne for everything! I will be definitely visiting again!
from France, April 2018
"Parfait pour une retraite bien être"
Les hôtes m'ont mis a l'aise, et Johanne est une mine d'informations pour ceux qui cherchent un mieux être du corps et de l'esprit. L'endroit est parfait pour méditer, et il y a une "piscine" naturelle rien que pour vous. Les activités et les repas sont de qualité. Et le plus pour moi, c'est que ma professeur puisse me faire les cours en français.
Fiorella S A Traveler
This has been the best gift I've given myself. I went to Tambo Ilusión for a 5 days-4 day 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 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.
Steven Brown United States
“Amazing Experience in Peru!!”
My experience at Tambo Ilusion was extraordinary. It is a great little place. Great value in so many ways. I felt very welcome and at home. I was thankful that they organised everything for me, including transfers to and from the airport.
"My casita, a little wooden cabin was comfortable, cozy and had a hammock that called my name. The natural surrounding is amazing. It was a pleasure to observe the horse grazing. I saw monkeys playing in the trees, observed and heard many birds chirping away. The sunsets are breathtaking and the starry sky at night is mesmerizing.
Armando, the owner has done a great job protecting and nourishing his property for the past 30 years. There is a precious fresh water lagoon on the property that is well worth protecting! You will enjoy the guided walk Armando offers in his forest and garden. He is passionate about his beloved land. It is the perfect environment to disconnect from digital distractions and re-connect with nature.
During the detox process, the kind staff supported my needs. The food was delicious and varied, especially considering this was a detox. I never felt deprived. It wasn’t my goal but I lost some weight which was a bonus. I felt better with each passing day and felt calm and refreshed by the end of the retreat.
The relaxing yoga sessions in the gorgeous temple offering an amazing view of the jungle were excellent. It was my first experience receiving Reiki sessions and they were amazing! I also booked some massage sessions with local women that were very good. Swimming in the lagoon became a habit.
The detox & yoga program had a perfect balance of different activities and free time to process, digest, rest and read.
Johanne is caring, professional and personable. You can sense that she loves what she does. We had great conversations over delicious meals. I benefited greatly from her knowledge and advice. So much so that I came back to participate in the vegetarian cooking vacation she offers which was great fun. I learned loads about cooking and nutrition and ate amazing food. Who knew vegetarian cuisine could be so varied and delicious! Johanne created a beautiful recipe book with the recipes we prepared together, a great souvenir of fun times spent in her kitchen. I now enjoy preparing these recipes at home.
I highly recommend all of Johanne’s retreats. They offer the perfect space to relax, meditate, practice alignment-based yoga, learn some new practices and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I will definitely be returning soon!
Thank you for everything!
Steven Brown, California
Tambo Ilusion website
"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.