About This Reserve

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. 

Accommodations

  • Facilities at Huembo

    The lodge at Huembo offers overnight accommodation for twelve visitors. There are four double rooms and two single rooms, each featuring a private bathroom, as well as two single rooms with a shared bathroom.

    Dan Lebbin

  • Huembo Dining Facility

    The Reserve has a brand new dining facility (build in 2017 with funding from American Bird Conservancy—room for 20 guests) and also has a mini-museum with some interpretive panels about the site.

  • Huembo Dining Facility

    The Reserve has a brand new dining facility (build in 2017 with funding from American Bird Conservancy—room for 20 guests) and also has a mini-museum with some interpretive panels about the site.

  • Edible Plant Garden

    When not birding, take time to explore the Reserve’s community garden, orchid farm, and a small, but functioning, shade coffee plantation which demonstrates a model of habitat restoration that benefits birds and local livelihoods.

    Dan Lebbin

  • Huembo Shade Coffee

    When not birding, take time to explore the Reserve’s community garden, orchid farm, and a small, but functioning, shade coffee plantation which demonstrates a model of habitat restoration that benefits birds and local livelihoods.

    Dan Lebbin

  • Huembo Feeders

    Perhaps the Reserve’s best feature are the ample hummingbird gardens and feeding stations (with covered benches), which provide excellent opportunities to photograph and admire a diversity of hummingbirds.

    Dan Lebbin

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Amenity image Overnight Accomodation
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Reserve Information

Reservations for Huembo can be booked directly with ECOAN, the non-profit group who helps manage the Reserve. Contact them at:

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What You'll See

  • Landscape

    Dan Lebbin

  • Huembo Sign

    Dan Lebbin

  • Marvelous Spatuletail Male

    Larry Thompson

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