Huembo is an excellent example of community-based conservation—it is land owned by the community and managed for conservation in partnership with the Peruvian conservation organization Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN). The Reserve is formally protected through an ecological easement and all tourism profits are evenly distributed amongst all community members.
Huembo is located near the town of Pomacochas in northern Peru and is home to the Marvelous Spatuletail, perhaps the most spectacular hummingbird in the world. Spatuletails breed, forage, and display at Huembo, and can easily be viewed at hummingbird feeding stations year-round within the reserve.
Huembo Reserve is located at a transition zone between the dry Marañon forests of the Utcubamba Valley below and more humid montane forests of higher elevations nearby along the Chido river. The Reserve is about an hour drive west of Abra Patricia Reserve. South and west of the reserve, the town of Pedro Ruiz is about half an hour away by car and Gocta waterfall (the world’s third tallest, with its own lodge) is about an hour drive. Further in this direction, visitors can explore the mysterious Kuelap ruins near Chachapoyas.
American Bird Conservancy worked with ECOAN to establish this reserve in 2007, develop tourism infrastructure, and manage extensive habitat restoration. Tourism profits are reinvested by ECOAN into reserve management and conservation projects.