Ivan Gabaldon

Wildlife photography is a particular passion that inspires people to crisscross the globe and trek beyond the edges of civilization in pursuit of National ­Geographic–worthy photos. Starting this month, aspiring shooters can step up their long-lens games in five-star style through one of the new Wildlife Photo MasterClass packages at Mayakoba, an award-winning luxury eco-resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

The classes include one-on-one guidance from iconic National Geographic photographers Steve Winter, Tim Laman and Brian Skerry — one of whom will be featured during each of the three-night packages, leading intimate 14-person photo workshops, offering one-on-one photo review and joining guests in the field.

“Mayakoba is home to more than 200 species of wildlife and 148 acres of mangrove forests, making it perfect for photographers looking to capture once-in-a-lifetime images,” Winter says. “We hope to impart knowledge from our years working as National Geographic contributors and show students how vivid photographic storytelling can be a means to better understand and conserve our planet.”

Along with the photo workshops, the MasterClass packages include three nights in an exclusive garden-pool villa at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, meals at the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and photography field trips. Guests can spot unique birds while exploring the resort grounds via whisper-quiet electric boats, as well as join excursions to photograph Mayan ruins at the Sian Ka’an UNESCO World Heritage site and the nature preserves of Puerto Morelos. From $4,158, www.mayakoba.com