Pumas of Patagonia / Jaguars of Pantanal – October 2018
“I’d like a word with anyone looking for a South American Wildlife Adventure.
Talk to Naun Amable Silva of Untamed Expeditions, a man who can guide you to pumas, jaguars and the enormous variety of birds and wildlife on this great continent. From Chile, to the Pantanal, Costa Rica to the Amazon.
My wife and I joined Naun in Patagonia after meeting and chatting with him some years ago in the Pantanal. On seeing his photos and communicating over a number of months we decided to give him a go rather than the bigger players. Our friend YY Chin, a more than accomplished traveler of many years, joined us as well and the four of us drove to Torres del Paine in search of puma.
Naun delivered better than any of us could hope for.
We then travelled to Brazil and the Pantanal. Once again Naun delivered far more than our first trip there. Traveling with him is easy and fruitful. He asks what you want then does everything to deliver.
Since retiring, we have travelled extensively each year through Africa, India, Alaska, South America and the poles, so we have a good idea of difference between good and mediocre. My prime need from any guide, whether they are a photographer or not, is to get me into the best position to take my clicks. Naun does that so I’m more than happy. I like him as a bloke as well, and that’s a bonus.
Give him a go. You won’t be disappointed.”
Art Ryan and Christa Papworth
“I visited Torres Del Paine two years ago and spent a considerable time looking for and endeavouring to photograph pumas. I considered myself extremely lucky then to be able to see 5 pumas in one day. The next 4 days yield nothing despite of us going round specifically to look for pumas every morning. However only one sighting was worthy of photography while the other sighting , consisting of a mother and two cubs were not photographic material as the pumas were more than a kilometre away. We were also unable to pursue the Pumas off road as we were operating inside the park.
I returned to the Torres Del Paine with Australian friends as well as a guide Naun recently. Although Naun is Peruvian, he has been guiding in the Torres Del Paine for several years and is well acquainted with the people as well as the pumas in this area. The end result thus was considerable different. We were able to have sightings everyday and some of the sightings and experience are indeed “world class” . Naun’s knowledge and his use of a capable spotter made all the difference. He knows which Puma is habituated and which Puma is not. As a keen amateur photography such knowledge is important to me, especially when we are dealing with wild animals. As a result of his guidance I was able to photograph a Puma that was positioned less than 10 metres away. Naun is emphatic and will not push you unnecessarily, as looking for pumas can be tedious as well energy and emotion sapping and is most patient with less physically capable participants.
Naun is also a very talented photographer and his talent is matched by his humility and generosity. He will certainly not hesitate to guide you in getting the best image possible. I highly recommend Naun to any photographer that wants to added great images of pumas to his portfolio.”
Malaysia – Author of WILD
“Untamed Expeditions arranged a wildlife trip for my husband and I in Peru in May this year. They organised a great itinerary in the north and south of Peru, with time also in Cusco.
Naun Amable Silva was our guide. He is an excellent birder and and helped me enormously with my photography. In addition to being a great guide, he is fun to be around and we all got on extremely well. The places we stayed all offered the best wildlife viewing in the area. Naun quickly picked up on our particular interests and went out of his way to accommodate them.
Untamed Expeditions is a small, new company so don’t expect slick brochures or beautiful itineraries with stock footage pictures. You will however get personalised service, itineraries that match your interests and a passionate, highly experienced guide. We are already planning trips to Patagonia and Colombia with Untamed Expeditions and, if we can fit it in, back to Peru and Brazil also.”
“We spent four nights/five days in the Amazon Jungle of Peru with Naun as our guide. Naun grew up in the jungle and his skills for spotting and knowledge for all types of wildlife is unparalleled. An excellent photographer he was able to help us set up photos and knew where to find the best subjects.
En route to our secluded lodge we spotted and photographed a jaguar on the banks of the river. We saw numerous birds, mammals, insects and snakes. Naun was well organized and had activities planned for us each morning, late afternoon and evening.
Susanna provided daily talks on a variety of jungle subjects. Her photos and knowledge were excellent.
Naun, a native Peruvian, spoke excellent English having perfected the language while living in England. He was very calm and helpful.
We would highly recommend both Naun as a guide.”
Doug and Kathryn Brenne,
North Bay, Ontario, CANADA