Our company, Socompa, began as a joke in 2004.
I was looking for an experience abroad, very far away from home (Italy), in order to see what I would do, alone, in the other end of the world. I had a picture of a pick-up 4x4 that I had taken in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego some years earlier, I was watching it and wondering how wonderful would it be to have one of my own, almost as if the 4x4 were some sort of vehicle to a free life. So, I took a three-month vacation and decided to come to Salta to get to know the high altitude desert of the Central Andes, that in Argentina is called Puna. It was the year 2002.
After two years spent climbing Volcanoes and getting to know the Region, including Atacama and South of Bolivia, in 2004 I founded Socompa: a website, one 4x4, myself and a lot of passion.
A little more than 10 years went by and Socompa has changed my life, giving me a wife, Valentina, real architect of everything down here, a family, new friends, a job, a life just like I dreamed of.
Over the years, Socompa has become a Travel Company of reference in the Puna and Northwest Argentina for private trips in 4x4 with some of the best guides in the region. In recent years, as we love to directly manage our trips, we have expanded the Socompa family. We turned our house into a small Country House Hotel, one of my wife’s many worlds – Finca Valentina and then, we started to manage - in an Oasis at 3400 meters, inhabited by 400 people in front of one of the most absolutely stunning and beautiful places of the world, Campo de Piedra Pómez - the Hostería de Altura El Peñón, the craziest project given the fact that is located 500 kilometres away from Salta.
Today, Socompa involves the lifes of about 30 people, all Argentinean, all with one thing in common, the passion of working for this Region and the fortune of having one of the most absolutely rewarding jobs: to realize the dreams of Travellers from around all the world.
We are waiting for you.
Fabrizio e Valentina