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Untamed Expeditions

Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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About Untamed Expeditions
Specialised in wildlife photography expeditions, taking clients not just to some of the wildest places South America has to offer, but in search of the best photographic opportunities. This includes many of the contintent’s largest and most enigmatic species such as Jaguar, Puma, Tapir, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Caiman & more. The continent’s avifauna is incredibly diverse with unique spectacles and bird species including macaw claylicks, Cock-of-the-Rock leks, manakin leks, tanagers, hummingbirds, toucans, barbets, antpittas and birds you have never heard of. We use our extensive knowledge of different areas to create top quality itineraries, customised to suit our client’s needs. Our select group of high quality guides have many years of experience in the field, are passionate about their jobs, nature, and enjoy helping our guests get the top quality shots they want
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Chris N wrote a review Jul 2022
Surrey, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
We travelled to Patagonia with Untamed Expeditions to see pumas and were treated to a truly exceptional experience. Life is often full of grey days of mundanity and mediocrity but not when you are fortunate to be guided by Naun. He works extremely hard all the time to get you into the right places at the best times of day so that you capture the best images possible. Not for Naun the rigid itinerary of back by lunchtime; if you are at an amazing sighting, he is happy for you to stay as long as you wish. Tracking these big cats on foot was exhilarating but we never felt in danger due to his tireless professionalism, as well as our tracker Junior Mendes. One of the top wildlife trips we have been lucky to go on. Do yourself a favour and book with Untamed!!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Bozena_Nick wrote a review Jun 2022
Oxford, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
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We booked our expedition to meet the pumas of Patagonia with Untamed Expeditions for departure in March 2020. With a late-stage covid pandemic cancellation forced upon us all, when we finally reached Patagonia with Naun two years later we had a feeling of euphoria and triumph from the outset. That was only the start, by the end of our time in the field it’s hard to put into words how we felt, it was just perfection in Patagonia. Naun is a great guide, he made sure he knew what we wanted from the trip and went out of his way to meet all our expectations. We started our expedition unexpectedly a day early because our arrival schedules allowed that and we had a great free bonus day with Skunks, Black Chested Buzzard Eagles, Caraca, Austral Pigmy Owl and Austral Parakeet. Then came the two extension trips in the deep south, Condors and Penguins, both unmissable experiences. It was clear from the outset that Naun knows these lands and the wildlife intimately. Untamed Expeditions had booked a stunning hotel for us on the edge of the Torres Del Paine National Park, and as we drove north we were horrified to drive straight past the entrance. Naun said he had something to check out first, and a few minutes later we were on a river bank photographing a mother Puma and two cubs in the sunset light. There were tears of emotion and joy, an incredible first meeting of the elusive Puma. Over the next few days we met 15 Pumas, countless guanacos, birds, foxes, rhea all against the incredible backdrop of the Torres Del Paine region. The photography was breathtaking, the memories precious and visceral. Naun gets you in position to nail the shot, anticipate the action and work with the best backgrounds. Thank You Naun, we cannot imagine how we could experience a more magical 10 days, but we know that the next time we journey together, that’s what you will achieve! We can’t recommend Untamed Expeditions highly enough.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from SETLdA, Manager at Untamed Expeditions
Responded Jul 4, 2022
Thank you so much Nick and Bozena for patiently waiting through the entire COVID pandemic, it was great to finally get back there with guests and share the amazing experience that is Patagonia with you guys. Having amazing clients like you guys makes our job the best!
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Lindsay Kennon wrote a review Apr 2021
Georgetown, Texas11 contributions
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During the craziness of this past year, being able to take a trip with Untamed Expeditions was just the ticket to lift ones’ spirits! The team at Untamed Expeditions, especially the lead guide and co-founder Naun worked diligently to plan the perfect trip for me to Northern Peru – of course with all of the recommended social distancing/ health precautions followed throughout. This trip dubbed “Birds of Northern Peru” was one of the best photographic trips I have ever taken, with endless opportunities to photograph beautiful birds, even some endangered Peruvian endemics! I have to say that the time we spent photographing the Marvelous Spatuletail and the Rio Mayo Titi Monkey are definitely at the top of my all-time favorite photographic experiences list! It is hard for me to find the words to express how much this trip lifted my spirits and warmed my heart. How great it was to spend time in the beautiful area of Northern Peru, while supporting the hard-hit travel/tourism industry. The trip was executed in a very professional manner and was a beautiful experience for me! I am an amateur wildlife photographer that is just starting to find her feet, but with the expert guidance of Naun and Untamed Expeditions this trip produced two photos that have been short-listed in major competitions! (Fingers crossed, final results still pending) So, if you are looking for a quality wildlife photography trip in South America, Untamed Expeditions is the way to go. I already have my next photography trip with them planned to Colombia!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from SETLdA, Co-owner at Untamed Expeditions
Responded May 1, 2021
Thank you Lindsay for this wonderful review, and for making the effort to visit Peru in this difficult time. It also allowed us to escape briefly from the madness and spend some time in nature which we have all greatly missed during this global lock down. We are so honored and glad that we were able to provide you with a trip that resulted in so many beautiful photographs! And we had some new experiences too! See you again in Colombia - we think you will love it even more!
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ftseThailand wrote a review Apr 2021
Bangkok, Thailand19 contributions9 helpful votes
Feb 2020, just before Covid 19 brought my international travels to a standstill i was in Lima for a work meeting. Untamed Expeditions organised an personalised birding trip for me in Northern Peru for a few days following my meeting. Naun Amable Silva guided for me, as usual, providing excellent birding and photography advice. We had a wonderful few days, stayed in perfect places for the best birding and found some amazing birds including the marvellous spatuletail. I wouldn't do a birding or wildlife trip in Latin America with anyone else. My husband and I went to Ecuador with Untamed in November 2019 and they are currently organising Colombia for June 2021.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from SETLdA, Co-owner at Untamed Expeditions
Responded May 1, 2021
Thank you guys for your confidence in us and your lovely compliments on our services. You are always excellent company on your trips with us and it's always a pleasure. Looking forward to sharing more amazing places and wildlife across South America with you. Stay safe. Regards, Untamed Expeditions Team
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Karen_and_Jon wrote a review Sep 2019
Canmore, Canada35 contributions12 helpful votes
I'm just back from my second trip with Untamed Expeditions, this time to the Brazilian Pantanal. Just like my puma trip in 2017, Naun delivered exceptional results and he worked tirelessly to ensure that we had the best possible experience. As a photographer, I need a guide that can not only find the animals but also anticipate their movement and be able to get in the best spots for images. Naun understands this perfectly, and I now have a hard drive stuffed with trophy shots that attest to that. In terms of travel logistics, Naun ensured that everything flowed smoothly and all our needs were well taken care of. I've been on many trips with many guides but I can't think of anyone else with such a keen eye and encylopedic knowledge of every species. I'm looking forward to my next trip with Untamed Expeditions -- hopefully soon! Jon Huyer Huyer Perspectives Photography
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Date of experience: September 2019
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