5 Days » Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw Cooking & Yoga Retreat in Peru

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Join Johanne at Tambo Ilusión for this fun and nourishing culinary adventure.

This program is designed for one or two people maximum for an intimate experience and personalized instruction.

Get a real taste of vegetarian cooking with this perfectly blended 6 day retreat.

Vegetarian cuisine is both tasty and culturally diverse and this retreat aims to show you just that. You will experience time and again how wholesome food prepared with love and good intention is exquisite, eye pleasing, and fulfilling. Johanne holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and is a coach in mind-body nutrition & psychology of eating. She worked as the cook in a hostel in Costa Rica for over a year and at Tambo Ilusión Wellness Retreat Center for over 3 years and made a name for herself as a great cook. Johanne is happy to share her knowledge and passions with her guests. Johanne will teach you how to prepare and eat more plant-based foods and raw foods without the dogma and the fanaticism often associated with them. Her goal isn't to convert anyone to vegetarianism but to encourage and inspire people to eat a balanced diet.

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.

The content of the cooking workshops within this retreat is informative, easy to understand, and digest. You will learn to prepare and enjoy various dishes daily. You will receive hands-on experience preparing food, practical tips and tricks, as well as savor delicious and nourishing food. You will hopefully discover new foods like locro de zapallo, Johanne's vegan take on a popular Peruvian dish.

You will learn to prepare healthy breakfasts, learn about super foods, sprouting, juicing, fermenting, dehydrating, making smoothies, nut and seed milk, raw desserts, and much more. You will get to ask questions as you prepare meals from start to finish. The workshops are fun, relaxed, and practical.

Before your arrival, you will be asked what foods you love, what foods you dislike, if you have any food allergies, and if you want to focus on lacto-ovo vegetarian recipes (no meat, no fish, and no animal tissue products), vegan recipes (only plant-derived foods), or raw vegan recipes. The recipes and menus are then further customized to honor such requests. Please note that if you choose to emphasize on raw recipes, the cost of the program is higher as the ingredients used to prepare most recipes are more expensive. In such a case, 50 USD per person will be added to the total package price.

Eating nutritious foods and moving our body are two of the most important ways in which the actions we take on a daily basis contribute to our overall health and well-being. Thus, this program would not be complete without yoga practice and a walk in the protected forest.  

General information Review Like

Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Massage

  • Meditation


5 / 5 days with instruction
English Instruction language
English, Spanish Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • The maximum participants in the group is 2 person
  • Seasonality


    Daily Program Review Like

    • 08:30   Hands-on cooking workshop preparing breakfast
    • 09:30   Nutritious breakfast
    • 10:00   Cooking workshop preparing midday meal
    • 13:30   Nutritious lunch
    • 14:30   Free time
    • 16:30   Yoga class with meditation practice
    • 18:00   Free time
    • 19:00   Nourishing supper and conversation followed by free time to             observe the stars

    You have the option to accompany Johanne to a 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.

    Johanne has created a cookbook including her recipes that are most popular among her guests. You will receive this cookbook (in PDF format) by partaking in this fun cooking vacation.  It will be a souvenir to cherish and relish that will keep you inspired to nourish yourself and your loved ones!

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    At Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center, guests sleep in rustic and quaint wooden bungalows. They have two very comfortable double beds and mosquito netting, its private bathroom with heated shower and a screened-in veranda where two hammocks hang for your enjoyment. Each bungalow has electricity as well as a solar lamp. There is a total of 6 bungalows.

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    Included Meals

    Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

    Food Types Supported

    Gluten Free , Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Other Dietary Requirements, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Food

    Staff Review Like

    Johanne Delisle
    I started my wellness path by becoming a certified Hatha yoga teacher. I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and I completed my first teacher training in 2004. I have over 2000 hours of teaching experience worldwide. I am a certified wellness coach. I am a certified SUP yoga teacher as well.

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    • Accompany Johanne to watch the sunset and feed her horse!
    • Tambo Ilusion can organize excursions to the main tourist attractions of the region as well as alternative options which can be visited before and / or after your yoga holiday at an extra cost.
    • During your stay, you can take a moto-taxi to town (Tarapoto is only 15 minutes away) to find souvenirs at the "mercado" and savor delicious Peruvian chocolate.

    What is included Review Like

    • 4 nights cozy accommodation
    • 4 yoga classes with meditation practice in a beautiful space
    • Yoga props and accessories
    • 4 daily four-hour hands-on culinary workshops 
    • Johanne's cookbook which contains more than 100 recipes (PDF)
    • Nutrition coaching
    • A guided nature walk on Tambo Ilusión's protected forest trail
    • A visit to a local market
    • 3 delicious & nutritious meals a day
    • Free time for swimming in the lagoon or to relax in your hammock
    • Transfer to and from the local airport by mototaxi (15 minute drive)

    What is not included Review Like

    • Airfare
    • Gratuities
    • Optional lunch on arrival and departure day
    • Optional massage session (30 UDS for a one hour session) and other optional treatments
    • Optional tours

    Know before you go Review Like

    Internet access?

    At Tambo Ilusión, we live in a low electromagnetic field area and pride ourselves of offering a digital detox experience to our guests thus there is no Wi-Fi service available.

    To have some access to the internet, guests can plan ahead and make an arrangement with their cell phone supplier about an international plan before their departure for Peru or purchase a prepaid SIM card at the airport in Lima but the quality of the connection on the land is not great. Also, there is Internet service in town, a 10 minute mototaxi drive from Tambo Ilusion.

    At Tambo Ilusion, it is possible to send a quick email to your loved ones to let them know you arrived safely and to make your check-in the day before your flight.


    We are located in the Amazon rainforest at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. At times there are few mosquitos and at other times, there can be a lot, especially at sun down. It is recommended to wear long-sleeved, light colored, loose fitting shirts and pants, a light scarf, and socks, especially at the end of the day when mosquitoes are more active. When going into the forest, it is highly recommended to wear clothing that covers most of your body, keeping as much of your skin covered as possible.

    Always carry insect repellent (biodegradable if possible).

    The incidence dengue in the Tarapoto area is extremely low. There are no required vaccinations nor the need for malaria medication for the Tarapoto area.  There is no malaria or yellow fever in this area.

    How to get there Review Like

    The flight from Lima's International airport (LIM) to Tarapoto (TPP) takes one hour and fifteen minutes. There are four airline companies that fly daily to Tarapoto (Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines, LATAM and Viva Air). The flight from Iquitos (IQT) to Tarapoto (TPP) takes one hour.

    Tambo Ilusión is located 15 minutes away from the airport. Transfers to and from the airport by mototaxi (tuk tuk) are included.

    It is also possible to arrive to Tarapoto by bus from other cities.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

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    The rest of the payment should be made 15 days before arrival

    Features Review Like

    • Cooking Classes

    • Hiking

    • Massage

    • Swimming

    • Balcony

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Garden

    • Lake

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Special Menu Request

    • Yoga Deck

    • Yoga Shala

    • Free Parking

    • Laundry

    • Library

    • Mosquito Net

    • Room Cleaning

    • Tour Assistance

    Availability Notes / comments. Review Like

    Retreats are offered all year round. There is no availability in March, August and October.

    Ideally, retreats start on Mondays.

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      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 :)

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