The SpaceThe design continuity which pervades all the edifices in Yacumaman eco-village is sustainability and connection to the natural environment. This theme holds true more than ever in our newest structure, a handcrafted, three story 1500 square foot Yacumaman healing sanctuary and eco-lodge. Descending down two landscaped footpaths lead to entrances on either side of the structure which highlight antique, restored, salvaged wooden doors, graced with tiles containing beautiful handpainted yantras and vedic motifs. Upon entering the main floor, one breathes in light as the entire front wall is covered in windows bathing the space in eastern solar exposure. A Viking-size hard wood communal dining table is situated in front of this wall of light, which spills out onto a terrace, shaded by endemic trees. The flooring, a mandala of hundreds of round river stones sustainably harvested from the Huallaga river, gives a distinct tactile sensation of walking on an Amazonian river bottom. There are various window seats where one can rest while glimpsing the sun rise over the mountains and unique architectural details such as boulders penetrating the walls, connecting the external and internal environs and cut out windows which peek into the rock matrix behind the structure.
The kitchen is ample and well-equipped, allowing space for up to 10 people to move about comfortably. It is an ideal venue for preparing large community dinners or to give a workshop in nutrition or food preparation.
There are four suites on the second floor, each one leading into a space of profound tranquility, ideal for introspection and rejuvenation. The large picture windows of each suite look onto the verdant garden or onto a magnificent jungle-covered mountain vista. The washroom in each suite echoes the elements of the natural world- minimalist grey tiling reflect the river stone flooring to impart a spa-like quality. Bathing becomes elevated to meditation in the shower area. Watch the sun or moon rise over the mountains through apertures while standing on river stones, water coursing over your body, simulating a waterfall experience. Each suite has its own loft built into it. A handcrafted wooden staircase leads you to another level where Quinilla hand-polished wood floors and exposed wood beam and cane ceilings come together with giant picture windows, providing the grandest view in the house and an ideal space for yoga, meditation, art-making or simply deepening into the art of being.
Please keep in mind that it is possible that some of the suites are already occupied when you arrive, if you did not book all 4 of them. So you may expect to find other guests staying at the eco-lodge. Not to worry, the common area is huge: including the kitchen with 2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, and plenty of counter space, a 25 foot long dining room table, lots of comfortable seating and nooks to hang out it and an ample terrace space equipped with 7 rocking chairs with a view of the jungle. Please contact us if you'd like to know to expect the lodge completely to yourselves. Guest AccessYou will have access to a brand-new fully equipped communal kitchen. The kitchen will be stocked with a welcome breakfast of eggs, bread, juice, tea, coffee and fruit - all the fixings for a delicious, healthy breakfast to get you started for your stay here. Interaction with GuestsThe property manager is either on site or easily accessible via email or cell phone at all times. The NeighborhoodYacumaman Eco Lodge and Healing Sanctuary is a glistening green jewel set upon a hillside overlooking the growing Amazonian metropolis of Tarapoto and next to the national forest, Cerro Escalera. Yacumaman is mandala of activity, study and contemplation: part ethnobotanical garden, part eco-village, part center for shamanic and Vedic studies, part reforestation project as well as the base for Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals. It is the main hub for all our Amazonian retreat programs. The Qori Inti apothecary, Jungle Lab, Rasa Casas, Shambhu Tambo and the temple of Graha Shanti are all located here.
The temple of Graha Shanti is our interpretation of a maloca- a traditional Amazonian structure used for shamanic ceremonies. It is round with a vaulted palm roof that rises eighty feet vertically and highlights spectacular views of the surrounding jungle covered mountain range. There are planetary yantras set into the walls and a pair of carved cedar doors with the Sri Yantra on them. We use it for our sessions- yoga, meditation and plant medicine. The Rasa Casas and Shambhu Tambo are the beautiful, sustainable living structures that compose our eco-village. Yacumaman as well as the temple of Graha Shanti, Qori Inti apothecary and Jungle Lab are open to visitors by appointment only. Getting AroundYacumaman eco lodge is located 15 minutes in motocar from the airport in Tarapoto.
We are 10 minutes walking to the Plaza de Armas of Tarapoto, where you will find many options for restaurants. Walking in the other direction, you will encounter beautiful nature and the river Shilcayo, where there are many spots to bathe and relax. Other Things to NoteThere is free, fresh filtered wild-harvested spring water always available.
By default of being an ethnobotanical garden, Yacumaman is a bird watchers paradise. Enjoy observing many species of tropical birds including Amazonian condors, various species of hummingbirds, kiskadees, caciques, woodpeckers, multi-colored swallows as well as the occasional hawk, toucans, parakeets and squirrel cuckoo.