Socompa is a company made of people.
There is nothing similar in NW Argentina. An operative office (Mariana, Mercedes, Christine and Federico) that follows step by step the construction of your travel programme and that is responsible of its development until the last second, 24/7. Adriana handles the connection to Hosteria El Peñón, which we manage at 550 km from Salta. Cecilia, is in charge of the admin office, managing accounts in English, German, Spanish or Flemish! Luis, Joaquin, Fabrizio as exclusive Guides of Socompa, taking care not only of incredible trips and expeditions in NW Argentina, but also of some of the most important scientific and specialized trips with renowned University professors, journalists, writers and photographers from the USA or Europe.
We will simply introduce the permanent Staff of Socompa, but let’s not forget those who collaborate with us: Free Lance Guides (some of them work exclusively for Socompa), the Staff of 5 persons that make possible the operation of the Hostería El Peñón at 3400 meters in an Oasis at the Puna, Raúl and his surprise Asados and the staff of Finca Valentina. We are many, and each day we wake up thinking about one of the things we love the most, our region and our job.
Fabrizio, is the founder of Socompa, he is Italian and has a degree in Business Economics. In 2004 he decided to settle in Salta, where he lives with his family. He knows every corner of the Puna, has climbed some of the highest peaks of the Andes (Pissis, Ojos del Salado, Llullaillaco, Licancabur and Sajama) and the Alps. He has published two books of travel in Italy, one about the Puna. His enthusiasm is inexhaustible, he is also the manager of Hosteria El Peñón, and with his wife Valentina, transformed their house into the most charming hotel to stay in Salta, Finca Valentina.
Mariana was born Salta, her place in the World. At a very young age she decided she would do a career that would allow her to always be in touch with foreign cultures, it became a passion, as travelling and learning new languages. She moved to Buenos Aires where she graduated in International Relations, while working at the Malaysian Embassy in Argentina. Later, she specialized in International Business, Protocol and Asia-Pacific Politics and decided to return to Salta looking for new challenges. In 2008, she joined the Socompa Team working mainly on organizational development, sales and operations.
Christine, was born in Switzerland, she graduated in Business Science. After working for several years in the corporate world, she decided to start a solo journey in 2004 to many countries of Latin America, Argentina was on her list. The trip has been a life changing experience as she discovered her passion for the Latin culture. In 2012, she came back to Argentina and travelled to Tolar Grande with Socompa. She was astonished by the extraordinary landscapes of the Puna. In the end, she found a new professional challenge in Salta and nowadays she is part of the sales team of Socompa, a place that allows her to share her passion for travel, discovery and enjoyment of new cultures, as well as the learning experience within.
Mercedes is part of the Socompa Family since 2009. She joined us as soonest she graduated with honours from University, with a Degree in Tourism. She started in the position of Operative and Logistics Manager with enthusiasm and great success. As part of her life experience, Mercedes lived in France for a year improving her knowledge of French language and of the European culture. Nowadays she has moved from operations to a new challenging position in the sales team of Socompa, enjoying the relationship with clients from around the globe and developing another of her greatest passions, to learn new languages.
Federico has a Degree in Tourism, he is salteño and in love with his region. Being a teenager he travelled with his father to every corner of NW Argentina and discovered his passion for tourism. He wrote his Thesis about the Hotel business of the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its contribution to the local entrepreneurs. He has worked in the Hotel industry, as a bilingual guide, travel agent and Chief of Operations of a car Rental Company. Has a great passion for cars and British music.
Adriana studied archaeology and biology at the Salta University. She was awarded “Mountaineer Woman of the Year” in 1999 and has been Vice President of the Club Aventura Salta (Mountaineering Club). She has participated of many high mountain expeditions with archeological purposes in the Andes of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia (including the National Geographic Expedition to the Llullaillaco Vulcano). Adriana has an special magnetism, getting to know the Andes with her is an unforgettable exprience. Adriana is in charge of managing the Hostería El Peñón, being the liaison office between Socompa and the Hotel.
Luis was born in Buenos Aires and reaised in Salta where he studied Agronomic Enginering. Later, he decided to move to Italy the country of his grandfather to work in the family company for several years, travelling around Europe mainly in Germany and Austria. Back in Salta he decided to start his career as a Professional Guide joining the team of Socompa in 2010 as an adventure travel guide. Nowadays, Luis is one of the biggest expert on off roads trips to the Argentine Puna and the Altiplan, he manages as a tour leader very complex expeditions to the remotest regions of the Desert. He is fluent in Italian.
Gaston, born in Salta, since his childhood he started to travel with his family, and explore the NW of Argentina. From that early moment he started to fall in love with the nature and culture of his native region. Gaston studied Tourism at High School and he is graduated as Professional Active Tourist Guide. Today he is one of the most brilliant and professional Guide of the whole Region. He loves Photography and any Outdoor activities. He speaks English and he is our Official Guide for the Best Socompa Photography Workshop.
Joaquin was born in Salta, and is one of our most dedicated and passionate guides. Having studied English Translation and worked as an interpreter on guided tours for over 10 years, he is now part of the Socompa team of Guides. A few years ago he decided to leave conventional tourism behind to discover the more remote corners of the highlands of the Andes. He loves photography and shares his enthusiasm with travellers from around the world.
Cecilia was born in Buenos Aires. She worked in the Tourism industry in Ushuaia where she lived for a few years, for the last 20 years she has lived in Salta. She just joined the Socompa team to take care of the Administration area. She enjoys travelling and outdoors activities. She loves to be part of a company that among other goals, promotes the beauties of her country.