VICUÑA, ASTRONOMY WORLD CAPITAL

Vicuña has started a way in which the public and private world are empowered by an objective: astronomy. On January 19, 2017 has been remembered as one of the most important days for Vicuña, thanks to a mayoral decree that established the commune as the world capital of astronomy, which brings with it a series of activities and initiatives that seek to go that direction.

This is how the Vicuña has embarked on a path in which the public and private world are empowered by a common goal in which various actors who have already carried out activities such as the Star Party will participate once a month in the heritage Antakari Route. , the first contest of poetry, photography, painting and drawing with topics related to astronomy that had an excellent call.

One of the arguments of the decree is precisely the choice of Vicuña as the ideal place for the installation of astronomical observatories. “Since the 1960s it has been the site of several observatories, notably the Cerro Tololo observatory, located on the hill of the same name, where one of the most important telescopes on the planet and the first in our country is located. Later the SOAR and Gemini observatories were installed and the LSST observatory is under construction “, as well as a series of clear signs that Vicuña deserves to be considered the world capital of astronomy because of the greatness of its skies, 300 nights a year without clouds and the mention of these unique characteristics, not only in national media, but international ones such as The New York Times and The Guardian. In addition, tourist observatories such as Cerro Mamalluca stand out, as well as other observatories such as El Pangue, Alfa Aldea, Astro Elqui: cosmovision and archaeoastronomy, the Casa Bagua campsite, to name a few places that have implemented telescopes in their ventures.

The mayor of the commune, Rafael Vera said that signing this decree has a strategic sense, for decades the main sources of income in Vicuña have been thanks to agriculture, which will continue to be strengthened, and in cultural terms the figure of the poet elquina Gabriela Mistral, but astrological tourism will also be given a fundamental value. “We have the clearest skies and that gives us the possibility to also enhance that line, and if it is true that the traditional, the identity of Gabriela Mistral is an issue that we have been working on for a good number of years now, that of tourism It has been developing, we are offering a tourism with added value, and effectively being the world capital of astronomy, it allows us to channel a large number of tourists “commented the mayor.

Hernán Julio, journalist, scientific disseminator and director of the astronomy magazine Astrovida applauds this initiative because it points out that besides being the commune of Vicuña the first in the installation of scientific observatories, “the other thing is the fact that just in the commune there is the first dark sanctuary of nature, the first in Chile and that was declared by the Association of Dark Skies of the World and also the World Organization of Astronomy that also gives a stamp not only of the quality of the heavens, but also of darkness that today is so important because of the issue of light pollution, “says the researcher. “I think we also have to integrate the educational world, because young people are the heirs of these heavens, and not only the heavens, but what it involves is also a technological scientific heritage,” added Julio. It should be noted that the Gabriela Mistral Dark Skies Sanctuary is located in the grounds of the AURA observatory, belonging to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, who acquired the land in the 1960s, and since then they have tried to maintain favorable conditions. for astronomical research.

The name of the place is not accidental, since the poet was always in love with the Elqui Valley, her place of birth.

The macro objective of this project is to consolidate Vicuña itself as the world capital of astronomy thinking of the total solar eclipse that will take place on July 2, 2019.

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 Source: http://www.diarioeldia.cl/region/vicuna/vicuna-se-prepara-con-todo-para-ser-capital-mundial-astronomia

PERU HONORED AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2017

Peru is consolidated as ‘Best Culinary Destination’ and Machupicchu as ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ in the world at the World Travel Awards 2017.

For the sixth consecutive year, Peru received the recognition as ‘Best Culinary Destination’ in the world, while the Archaeological Complex of Machupicchu was awarded as ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ in the latest edition of the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA), held in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, PromPeru  informed. It should be noted that the prizes are awarded based on the online voting platform of the organization in which tourism professionals, entrepreneurs and travelers from different places participate.

“These recognitions that we receive as a country are the result of the work we are doing to promote our tourism resources and our gastronomy. These awards help to highlight Peru in the eyes of the world, especially on top of the elite of the travel industry. Therefore, we will continue to work to maintain ourselves in the first place and to contribute to improving the quality of life of all those Peruvians whose welfare depends on the growth of international tourist arrivals, “said Isabella Falco, Country Image Director of PromPeru.

According to a study conducted by PromPeru, the main reason to visit Peru is to know Machupicchu. However, gastronomy is already among the other motivations of travel. The same report shows that 82% of the tourists who visit the country consider Peru as a gastronomic destination, and 25% say that the knowledge about Peruvian cuisine would be growing in their countries of origin.

On the other hand, according to experts, Peruvian gastronomy is increasingly positioned in the world, which opens new opportunities for the export of our native products, as well as the opportunity to show our culinary traditions and continue to innovate with our admired fusion cuisine.

PromPeru has been promoting our country in recent years with innovative campaigns that have managed to win over public worldwide. Continuing with this promotion, Peru has just launched the international tourism campaign ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’, in which travelers are invited to know our destinations in order to go back home enriched due to the sum of all the experiences that they enjoy in our country, such as exploring our ancient historical legacy or discovering our gastronomy.

In 2016, the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu received 1.4 million visitors and shows an average growth of 6% during the last five years. According to Trip Advisor, 98% of the tourists that visited it have a positive evaluation of their experience.

Currently there are three Peruvian restaurants that are on the list of The 50 Best Restaurants in the World: Central (5th place), Maido (8) and Astrid & Gaston (33); and there are 10 restaurants positioned on the list of The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America: Maido (1), Central (2), Astrid & Gaston (7), Osso Carnicería y Salumeria (12), La Mar (15) , Isolina (21), Rafael (24), Malabar (30), Fiesta (46) and Ámaz (47).

ABOUT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

Since 1993, WTA have become an extraordinary barometer for measuring excellence in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. The winners are chosen thanks to the vote of the public through the Internet and the voting that the experts of the sector perform globally. According to the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, these are considered the ‘Oscar of the Tourism Awards’.

These ceremonies are attended by the heads of industry, key decision-makers, chiefs, leading figures and the most important media of tourism and commerce. The WTA Grand Tour takes place in stages, with regional ceremonies in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and Oceania.

End of Reciprocity Fee for Canadian Tourists

Starting January 1st, 2018.

In order to enter the Argentine Republic for tourism or business, holders of ordinary Canadian passports will no longer have to pay the Reciprocity Rate. The effective date of the elimination will be as of January 1, 2018.

The National Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, stressed that “it is very important to provide new mechanisms for the mobility of tourists who want to visit the country and advance in international integration. Tourism is a key activity for Argentina’s trade relations with the world. ”

“From the beginning of our management we proposed to bring Argentina closer to the world, with the participation in international fairs of great call, promotion actions abroad, new connectivity options and concrete measures such as the refund of VAT to foreign tourists and the elimination of the rate of reciprocity, the distant markets are getting closer to us, “Santos added.

It should be noted that in terms of connectivity, Argentina and Canada are more connected than ever. Currently, Air Canada joins Toronto with Buenos Aires in six weekly frequencies, with a previous stopover in Santiago de Chile, although as of May 2018 there will be three direct weekly frequencies.

There are also flights with a stop or connection, operated by Delta (Atlanta, USA), Aeroméxico (Mexico City), United Airlines (Houston, USA) and American Airlines (coming through Dallas, Miami or New York).

18 REASONS TO VISIT ARGENTINA

18 reasons to visit Argentina – including a secret German village and the world’s most beautiful bookshop.

1. You can ride with gauchos

Argentinian cowboys wear actual chaps, drink Mate tea so bitter it makes you gurn, raise and wrestle cattle, and at night sing folk songs about love and loss. Gauchos traditionally were seen as nomads and outlaws but grew to be respected as freedom fighters in the mid-16th century. Traditions vary in pampas in different parts of the country, with Salta’s gauchos some of the most revered.

Gauchos: revered when a week-long Fiesta Nacional de la Tradición is staged, which sees gauchos from all over Argentina ride into town, grill whole cows for dinner and show off their dressage.

2. See giant guinea pigs

Capybaras are a squeaking, loveable feature of the Argentinian wetlands. Take a trip to the Ibera Wetlands, rgentina’s answer to the Pantanal, to see them. In a motor boat out they are easy to find – loud splashing often signifies that one has just hauled its fat bottom into the water, while alarmed grunts mean you’ve just disturbed one in the undergrowth. The babies make a plaintive high-pitched squeak to call their mothers, just as their smaller cousins do.


Capybaras: cute Credit: copyright supervliegzus 2010/shot by supervliegzus

3. Take one of the world’s best drives

A drive through the multi-coloured valley of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is one of the world’s most spectacular. Aside from views of rainbow-striped and wind-shaped rock formations, sights along the route, which has been used over the past 10,000 years as a crucial passage for the transport of people and ideas from the high Andean lands to the plains, include a cave cathedral with impressive acoustics where local musicians play.

4. And drink world-beating wine

Mendoza is Argentina’s main wine region, set picturesquely at the foot of the Andes. Malbec grapes made the area internationally renowned but shiraz and cabernet sauvignon have also been making great gains.

Lesser-visited but just as pretty is Cafayate, a small town in Torrontes wine country. This Argentinian variety makes fruity, aromatic whites, similar to a crisp viognier, that are perfect for washing down a lunch of empanadas.

5. It’s a beguiling wilderness

Vast and empty, wind-swept and barren, Patagonia is an archetypal landscape of the imagination, writes Chris Moss, in an article for our Trip of a Lifetime series. “Where the pampas run out around the Rio Negro, the land becomes unfriendly to human settlement, and if you drive down the great highways you’ll see mainly sheep, flightless rhea and llama-like guanacos. Eventually you come to the Andes, where ice-fields break through to form glaciers on the lakesides, or to the lonely island of Tierra del Fuego.

“It continues to beguile intrepid travellers, and in the past two decades smart hotels have opened across the region to provide comfort and luxury, and the dining options have improved immeasurably.”

Patagonia: beguiling

6. It’s got a little piece of Switzerland, Germany – and Wales

Argentina’s Lake District is a stunner, with mountain after craggy mountain sliding serenely into ice-blue lakes. To see it, you would do well to make Swiss-themed Bariloche your base. The town has improbable wooden chalets, chocolate shops and even St Bernard dogs to give it an Alpine feel.

Set in the hills a couple of hours from Córdoba, meanwhile, La Cumbrecita is a meticulously recreated German village. Tourists come from across Argentina, and farther afield, to experience this bizarre vision of little Germany. They have apple strudel at the café and buy trinkets from the gift stores. There’s even a huge cuckoo clock that greets you as you enter the village.


Cumbrecita Credit: GETTY

Even more unusually, the nod to Europe continues via a Welsh settlement on Patagonia’s coast. “The Welsh first landed in the other great and green land – that of Patagonia – back in July 1865,” explained Michael Kerr, after visiting Puerto Madryn last year to mark its 150th anniversary.

“More than 150 Welsh-speaking men, women and children had sailed in May from Liverpool on the Mimosa, a converted tea clipper, with the intention of establishing a community where they could practise their language and faith free from the dictates of English government.”

7. You can visit a deserted town

Epecuén is an abandoned spa town in Argentina that provided the backdrop for a new film starring the stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill in 2014. Watch what he gets up to below.

8. Or one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops

This astounding shop interior has to be one of the world’s most glamorous, especially considering it sells books rather than designer clothing. The El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is a bookshop set in a former theatre, the Teatro Gran Splendid, which originally opened in May 1919.

If you can get your head out of one of its thousands of books (and we’re sure that you can) red velvet curtains hang over a stage at one end, while the ornate stalls on the upper levels contain elaborately-lit shelves.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

9. The Metro is really rather quaint

The Buenos Aires subway system adds an element of travel glamour to the busy Argentinian capital. It was launched in 1913 – the first underground railway in Latin America.

10. You can have a more glamorous coffee break

There are a handful of grand coffee houses along the wide boulevards of Buenos Aires but Cafe Tortoni is one of the best, dating from 1858. It has perfect pastries and a cavernous interior with marvellous decorative glass ceilings.

11. Climb South America’s highest peak

The highest mountain outside of Asia, at 22,841 feet, Aconcagua is the second highest of the Seven Summits and can be climbed by those with know-how, even without roped mountaineering experience.

Aconcagua Credit: Gustavo Cherro

12. Join the crowd

Watching local team Boca Juniors play football at the La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires will undoubtedly involve blazing flares, bitter rivalries, chants you don’t understand and general mayhem.

13. Walk among angels

Romantic, ageing, Recoleta Cemetery in one of Buenos Aires’ most middle-class suburbs is where Eva Perón is buried, but is an atmospheric place for a stroll in any event. Free guided tours in English, Tuesday and Thursday at 11am.

Recoleta Cemetery.

14. Remember a leading lady

First peasant, leader, then legend, Buenos Aires’s Evita Museum is where you can find out about the life of Eva Perón. The city’s main square, the Plaza de Mayo, is where you will find the Casa Rosada – as pink in colour as its name suggests – the office of the president. Eva Perón made her carefully choreographed speeches from its balconies.

15. Feast on grilled meat

Argentina is famous for its high-quality, doorstop-sized steaks and there is nowhere better to try one than in a parrillada restaurant where you select a slab of meat still sizzling off a parrilla grill set at your table in front of you. As well as familiar steak cuts like lomo and bife de chorizo, locals like to load up their grills with “vaccio” (juicy flank) and “morcilla” (fat black pudding sausages) – while delving into impossibly chewy plates of melted provolone cheese. Delicious.

Tango: can your relationship stand up to the test?

16. Test your relationship

Tango is one of Portenos’ biggest passions and tourists are encouraged to book themselves into one of many classes held in Buenos Aires. Be warned though, the “dance of love” is tricky to master and it is said a couple’s aptitude at getting in sync with each other is a microcosm of the relationship.

17. Set foot in the world’s southernmost city

Ushuaia is the launch point for (small) cruises to Patagonia and Antarctica. They can visit South Georgia, where is possible to make contact with local whalers, and set off to retrieve his men and occasionally land on Elephant Island, from where the 22 remaining sailors were picked up on August 30 1916 – as well as the Antarctic Peninsula.

18. And try the world’s oldest team sport

Argentinians are known as some of the world’s best polo players. Just ask Jilly Cooper. Polo is a celebration of tradition, skill and family – and Argentina celebrates it like no other polo nation. Even novices can enjoy on neat lawns in the grounds of estancias around the country.

Best of the rest

Also worth mentioning are the artistic wonders on display at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; the steam train Argentines affectionately call La Trochita; the show-stopping Iguassu Falls, on the border with Brazil, but closer and louder on the Argentinian side; Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to the immense, ever-expanding (until it collapses) Perito Moreno Glacier; and the Thermal Baths of Villavicencio, which it is thought possess theraputic properties.

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Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

Considering Summer is here we enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day with the entire ALCHEMY and INFOBA DMC team!🥂 We want to share with you the joy that we experienced throughout 2017, a year of exponential growth that would not have been possible without this strong team of colleagues / friends.We also want to thank all our dear clients who have trusted us to fulfill the dreams of many Travelers in search of unique experiences in Argentina, Chile and Peru!We’ve done some amazing things this year and we are full of surprises for 2018, stay tune!!! #alchemygroup #comingsoon #allsmiles #celebration #2017goals #argentina #worldfriendly #friendshipgoals #family #bbq #pool

Considering Summer is here we enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day with the entire ALCHEMY and INFOBA DMC team!🥂 We want to share with you the joy that we experienced throughout 2017, a year of exponential growth that would not have been possible without this strong team of colleagues / friends.We also want to thank all our dear clients who have trusted us to fulfill the dreams of many Travelers in search of unique experiences in Argentina, Chile and Peru!We’ve done some amazing things this year and we are full of surprises for 2018, stay tune!!! #alchemygroup #comingsoon #allsmiles #celebration #2017goals #argentina #worldfriendly #friendshipgoals #family #bbq #pool

Wim Crabbe

President/Owner

New England, Mid-Atlantic & South America

Wim’s strong and personal relationships with DMCs, Event Companies and Professional Congress Organizers throughout his career led to his founding of EDPglobal. As a ‘hands-on’ Owner, Wim still interacts with meeting and incentive planners in New England, Southeast and Eastern Canada, while maintaining strong connections with the EDPglobal DMC partners around the world. A native of Belgium, Wim is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

Beverly Henrickson

Business Development Manager

Bev’s professional relationships in the hotel and service industries have made her a key element in the continued success of EDPglobal. Bev’s extensive administrative, project management and client experience contributes to her expertise and enthusiasm in achieving the goals of EDPglobal and maintaining relationships with our clients and DMC’s. Born and raised in Minnesota, Bev has always taken every opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures.

Lisa Myers

VP of Sales

USA Central

Lisa is a Minneapolis-based meeting and travel professional with extensive experience in hospitality, marketing and incentives. Her creative and collaborative approach gives her the vision to facilitate the identification, development and implementation of promising results for all of her clients in the Midwest. An enthusiastic traveler since getting her first passport, her favorite place to go is the next one on the itinerary!

Willem Crabbe

VP of Sales

Southeast, Minnesota & Eastern Canada

Willem is the newest member of the EDPglobal sales team, joining us after gaining a couple of years of experience in the IT world. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Willem takes care of account management and business development in Minnesota, the Southeast, as well as Eastern Canada.

Cynthia Score

VP of Sales
West Coast & Western Canada

Cindy brings her broad experience and professional relationships within the incentive and meeting industry to her clients in the Western region of the US and Canada. As a former meeting and incentive planner she has worked on every aspect of a program, from initial concept and sale, to management and operation—Cindy understands the unique challenges of today’s meeting and incentive travel planner. During her many years in the business she has traveled extensively with companies over a broad spectrum of industries to all corners of the world.

Michelle Marie Adams

VP of Sales Northeast

Michelle Marie is a NYC based meeting and event professional with over 10 years of hands-on industry experience, exhibiting tremendous grace under fire, and is a mentor within the industry. Maintaining an office in New York City allows Michelle Marie to make sure that all of her clients in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are given 110% of her attention!

Dallyce Macas

Eminence Canada

Dallyce is our Canada attaché, representing the Alchemy brand to our partners in the Great White North. With a 25 year career history of working for global giants such as TUI Travel and Carlson Wagon-lit along with creating and operating boutique travel services for luxury travel, Dallyce is an excellent sales resource. Passionate about visiting South America, she has tested the waters, travelled the lands and put the world’s best travel services to the test. Not to mention, enjoying putting the wines to the test!

Heidi Angell-Schau

Worldview

Heidi is a well experience travel professional with a great passion for incentive travel and connecting people. She is a visionary with a strong ability sense of leadership and bringing people together. She has been working in the incentive travel segment since 1997 and have been doing representation since 2004. Heidi has been afforded through her work to travel extensively to all corners of the world and exhibits a thorough understanding of what destinations can offer for group travel. Her ability to deliver tangible results and strategic relationships in the South African market has earned her the reputation of delivering superior service and returns for her international Principals.

Gonzalo Peluffo

Norway & Finland Representative

Gonzalo has been a globetrotter all his life- originally from Montevideo, he grew up in Buenos Aires, lives in Oslo since 1995 and works fulltime as Sales Manager for Aeroflot Russian Airlines in Norway. Since 2010 Gonzalo has been our man in Scandinavia, he has an extensive network of contacts in the travel industry and promotes the company throughout the country and region. On his free time he loves to read about geography, travels, journeys and history; although his biggest interests are basketball, diving and listening to The Ramones (apparently he has seen them live 17 times!)

Rune V. Harritshøj

Denmark & Sweden Representative

Rune is a correspondent for the Danish press in South America stationed in Buenos Aires since 1999. He has a broad travel-experience both as a journalist throughout South America but also as a tour-guide for Danish groups in the region. He has a degree in Journalism from Denmark and a master in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has travelled a lot in Australia, Europe and all of the Americas. Rune is the author of the most read guidebook about Argentina & Chile, published in 2016 by the mayor Danish editorial, Politikens Forlag.

Priscila Mills

Australia & New Zealand Representative

Priscila is passionate about traveling, yoga, cycling, Nature lover and food/wine expert. She is a marketing specialist and majored in Social Communication. Priscila works with Manu at ALCHEMY DMC as a Sales Partner in New Zealand/Australia, specializing on developing new business between both countries

Alexander Belov

Russia & Eastern Countries Respresentative

Alexander is a partner of ALCHEMY DMC since 2014 and is responsible for the huge Russian-speaking market. He holds a degree in Economics from Moscow State University and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Proud of his Russian heritage, Alexander believes in the enriching power of cultural exchange and communication between the nations. A devout opera lover Alexander have been to all major opera houses being Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires his favorites.

Donovan Cochrane

Worldview

Donovan is a man with many wonderful traits however his standout ability to charm and interact with just about any personality is commendable. With his great sense of humor, Donovan is the kind of man everyone loves to love! He joined Worldview in 2014 as their General Manger and has proved to be an indispensable asset to the team. He has travelled extensively in his role at Worldview and have gained incredible knowledge and understanding of the destinations they represent. Donovan has an great flair for many sports including fishing, golf, tennis and mountain biking. He enjoys socializing with friends and travelling.

Sergio Pizzagalli

Founder & Managing Director

Sergio is a passionate world traveler, fly-fishing lover, soccer devotee, foodie and natural born explorer. He is a connoisseur of all things remote, seeking out the most special experiences like challenging himself for discovering new remote areas in Argentina, fishing in the deepest Bolivian Jungle and spending time in North Korea. He may even be one of the only Argentineans who has stepped foot in this closed country! Sergio majored in Hotel Management and Economics at Buenos Aires University and embarked on his career in the hospitality industry at top hotels such as the Four Seasons Buenos Aires. Sergio spent many years travelling, learning and working in the travel industry before settling back in Argentina, living in Norway, Ireland and Spain during this time. Back in his home town of Buenos Aires, Sergio founded INFOBA DMC Argentina with his best friend Tomas almost 14 years ago and since then their company has gone from strength to strength, growing into a renowned DMC company, developing unique travel and event concepts. Some years ago, they created the ALCHEMY High-End Travel Experiences brand, which was designed to partner with travel professionals from the luxury arena, providing truly individual experiences. From here, they have grown their diverse range of products and events and are excited to be launching the entire company as ALCHEMY DMC and building the ALCHEMY Group of Companies from this. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Destino Argentina, an association that promotes luxury travel in Argentina. The future holds incredibly exciting things and new projects for all things! Sergio is your archetypical Argentinean in that he is crazy about welcoming people to his country and to his home, especially if there’s meat and wine involved! Sergio loves to host an "asado" and if you play your cards right, you may end up with an extra-special invite to join him! If ever meeting Sergio, we have one key piece of advice – If you don’t believe that The Ramones are the best rock band ever, best stay away from discussing music at all!

Tomás Ratti

Co-Founder

Programmer and graphic designer, web developer and hard-worker with more than 20 years of experience on the Internet business. As a developer he makes inventory control, product and online sales systems, access and accreditation apps, focusing his experience on incentive trips and congresses. Loves to travel around Argentina destinations and enjoys family vacations.

Veronica Deges

MICE Manager

Veronica enjoys designing and operating challenging and out of the box luxury programs- focusing mainly on incentive trips and meetings. She loves discovering unknown getaways around her home country Argentina. Veronica spends her free time with family and friends, and enjoys painting mandalas, reading and maintaining her small but charming garden.

Melina Russo

Business Development Manager

Melina is pure Sagittarius: positive, curious and energetic. She loves living outdoors, admiring different landscapes and cultures. She majored in Tourism, and has worked in the business ever since. She started her career in El Calafate, Patagonia and used that experience as her impulse. She never stopped ever since. She has visited most of the main destinations in Argentina and has a comprehensive knowledge of the country and its possibilities. Always focused in B2B market, she has been part of the company for 7 years, in the MICE and Leisure divisions.

Anabella Savall

Leisure Travel Consultant

Since she was young, her curiosity to know different cultures led her to visit several countries in America, Asia and Europe. When she travels she loves being surrounded by nature and make new friends on the go. Interested in everything and everyone, Anabella likes cats, food, progressive metal, yoga and mountaineering. She is a very adaptable person with great sense of humor; always on the lookout for new experiences and challenges. Her favorite quote is “No tomorrow”

Mariel Pagella

Leisure Supervisor

Mariel has been a part of ALCHEMY DMC since the beginning of her professional career, when she majored in Tourism, and is now a member of the Leisure Division. She is fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything she wants to see. Mariel loves music and art, but her true passion is contemporary dance, and she is a proud River Plate fan.

Valeria Berwick

MICE Department

For the past 20 years Valeria has worked in areas related to Tourism and Events, starting in her early days as a flight attendant, later organizing Congresses on Education, and finally specializing in Inbound services for FITs and Groups. At ALCHEMY DMC she is part of the MICE Department, quoting and operating groups from all over the world. Valeria loves gardening and spending time with her family and friends, and has travelled extensively both in Argentina and abroad.

Jorge Orozco

MICE Department

Jorge has been working in the travel industry for the last 15 years, he started working at a 5 diamond hotel in Cancun, and then he discovered the incentives world. He loves to travel, and the part that he enjoys the most is the planning process, this is why he finds his job so pleasant. Jorge was born in Mexico City and lived in Cancun for several years, he decided to move to Buenos Aires in 2016, and he really loves the "porteño" life!

Romina Berro

Leisure Travel Consultant

Romina is an enthusiastic and determined person, avid bike rider and makeup artist. She is a passionate traveler who likes to discover the history and culture in every new city she sets foot in. With her adventurous spirit she has explored Argentina extensively from North to South. Shortly after obtaining her degree in Tourism, Romina found the opportunity to grow professionally doing what she is passionate about at ALCHEMY DMC.

Ariana Pugliese

Leisure Travel Consultant

Ariana has a degree on tourism and hotel management. She chose this profession in order to help people planning their trips as she considers that travelling is the best way to invest time and get to know the different cultures. In her leisure time she likes doing exercise and studying new languages

Adrian Leiva

MICE & Groups Department

Adrian was born in the city of Buenos Aires and is passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures. Surrounded by his loving family and close friends, he could not imagine his life without them by his side. Very fond of playing sports, listening to music and supporting the River Plate football team. With more than 20 years in the tourism industry, he joined ALCHEMY to continue both learning and incorporating new experiences, contributing to the company with his “know-how”.

Norberto Barreiro

Operations Department

Norberto loves to travel and explore all kind of cultures, his favorite food is Mexican and enjoys listening to music all day long. He was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Cancun, Mexico when he was 19, where he lived for 10 years, working in the Travel and Hotel industry. In 2018 he joined ALCHEMY DMC as part of the Operations Department.

Marisol Colaleo

Operations Supervisor

Marisol was born in Buenos Aires and studied Tourism, is a traveler and food snob. She loves animals and Nature. She has travelled in Argentina discovering and enjoying the captivating landscapes of her country. Marisol has been working in Tourism for more than 8 years and is part of the Operations Department at ALCHEMY DMC since 2015.

Julian Mole

Operations Supervisor

With a degree in Tourism, Julian has been working in the industry for the past 10 years. Bon vivant, lover of fine cuisine and avant garde cocktails, he enjoys travelling to international destinations, getting to know new places and cultures. He is currently working as the Operations Manager at ALCHEMY DMC.

Victoria Ontanilla

Product Department

Victoria is passionate about travel and cultural exchange with foreigners. Born in Mendoza, where she grew up and studied Tourism, her impulsive personality brought her to Buenos Aires eight years ago, when she came to a Coldplay concert and stayed forever! Her favorite hobbies are dance and theater, and in her free time Victoria likes discovering new places and things to do. As part of the Product Department, she puts all her energy into finding the best activities in Argentina.

Estanislao Lamanna

Graphic Department

Estanislao (also known as "Estani") is the head of the Graphic Department, handling both Print & Online requirements. Funny and creative, but not least responsible, he assures both colleagues and clients the best outcome for all of their needs. A part of the ALCHEMY DMC family since 2012, he has a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Buenos Aires. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, singing and partying!

Valeria Canelo

Graphic Department

Valeria studied History and Graphic Design, and participated in workshops of graphics exploration tools. She is restless by nature and is continually seeking inspiration for her work; she loves to visit museums, old hidden Bodegones and to connect with the locals at the places she visits with her family. Her favorite hobbies are hand painting with Fileteado Porteño and dance. As part of the Graphic Department she pours all her energy into highlighting the best of Argentina!

Maria Druetta

International Sales Executive

Maria works in the Outbound Department since 2008. She studied to be a Teacher and after travelling within Argentina and abroad, and also living abroad for several years, she decided to pour all her expertise and passion into Tourism. Fanatic of San Martin Club rugby team and always following River Plate football team, every Sunday Maria enjoys the folklore experienced at the Stadium.

Hugo Naccarato

IT Department

Hugo loves travelling, specially the mountain regions and driving along Argentine routes; camping, fishing and spending time Outdoors. His other passion is technology and its advances, and at ALCHEMY DMC Hugo is in charge of the Systems division, creating new platforms that complement the multiple services the company offers.

Nadia Ruiz

Administration

Nadia has a Bachelor's degree in Administration and is also studying to be an Accountant at the University of Buenos Aires. She loves to travel, spend time with friends, animals and punk rock. She started working at ALCHEMY DMC Argentina 10 years ago, has learnt and grown year after year with the company, and is now in charge of the Administrative Department.

Valeria Ignacio

Administration

Valeria is a quiet and disciplined member of the Administrative Department of ALCHEMY DMC, where she has worked for the past 3 years. She loves meeting new people and establishing lasting relationships. Travelling and photography are her favorite ways of spending her free time.

Miroslava Brito

Administration

Miroslava is a dreamer and entrepreneur, she loves to explore and discover new places, cultures and customs. That is the reason why she is in Argentina today working as an administrative assistant at ALCHEMY DMC. She is characterized for being a happy, empathic, proactive person who works in an organized and responsible way.

Marta Pereyra

Head Guide

Marta has always been a seeker of new horizons. In the early years after she has got married, she devoted her time to care for her home and her two sons. She has always been passionate about cooking, so after her sons grew up she decided to follow her passion. She chose a career as a Chef and achieved a degree in Gastronomic Events Organization. She then ran her own Catering Service Company for 5 years. Eleven years ago she joined the staff of ALCHEMY DMC . She became so involved showing people the country she is so proud of that she began a new career as a Tour Guide which she continues to do at the present time.

Florencia Clar

MICE Department

Florencia has a passion for literature, shopping, traveling and gourmet food. She majored in Social Psychology and as a Professional Meeting Planner. She has worked in the Travel industry, mainly focused on corporate groups and events, for more than 15 years while she gained a broad experience on meeting planning and Pharma industry.

Ana Paula Solanas

MICE Department

Ana loves traveling, making new friends around the world, the Outdoors and is a passionate runner. She majored in Tourism & Hotel Administration and has worked many years quoting incentive groups and individual travelers, and is an expert in Buenos Aires Venues and Excursions. At ALCHEMY DMC she works in the MICE Department developing unique inventive programs.

Esteban Ratti

Graphic Department

Esteban hails from Buenos Aires. He handles all things Branding, working closely with the Graphic Department in all aspects from design to manufacturing to final placement (he is not shy about tying ropes and securing flag banners on a windy day). From an early age he took an interest in all things creative, especially art, lately working with advertising agencies producing storyboards and concept art for TV commercials. This experience helped him develop an eye for producing high quality work and assisting clients in meeting their needs. On his spare time he enjoys learning about foreign languages and cultures, drinking good coffee and listening to cool tunes from the best rock artists both local and from abroad.

Alejando Millar

ALCHEMY DMC Chile Acoount Executive

Alejandro is a passionate soccer fan and practiced Judo for many years. He loves his work and his beginnings were in a wholesale tour operator focused on receiving the first cruises that arrived in Chile in the early 80's. He worked there for almost 10 years and then moved to Operations Manager in a tour operator based in Latin America, where he worked for 6 years. Nowadays he is working for ALCHEMY DMC Chile.

Anibal Echenique

ALCHEMY DMC Chile Account Executive

From the very beginning Anibal knew that he loved helping people in so many different ways. He started helping his suburb square to becoming a playable place for those avid for sports. He is a former basketball and volleyball player, and he loves to play “fútbol” every weekend. Anibal started working in hotels in Montevideo, where he was born, and became Sous Chef at both hotels and English-Spanish translator from Oxford University before he went to explore Brazil & Argentina for a while. Nowadays, happy to be part of MICE Dept. on ALCHEMY DMC, he brings together his passion for work while cooking for slums children’s on a help center some weekends.

Brenda Alt

ALCHEMY DMC Peru Account Executive

Initially a communications specialist and TV journalist, Brenda travelled extensively around Peru for more than two years, showcasing many of the country's most remote and beautiful locations. Based on that experience, she decided to specialize entirely on Inbound tourism, an activity she has dedicated exclusively to for more than 14 years. As Operations Manager at ALCHEMY DMC Peru, her current work involves setting up custom tour packages that allow visitors, on holidays or business, to take full advantage of their trip.

Eduardo Alt

ALCHEMY DMC Peru Office Manager

Eduardo, a specialist in marketing and tourism communications, founded and directed the first tourism weekly,trade oriented, newspaper in Peru, a medium that, over time, evolved into a daily bulletin becoming considered among the most important tourism media in South America. In more than 25 years in the area, organized workshops and fairs, both nationally and internationally, to promote the activity among professionals in the sector. Passionate about tourism, the design of new products and services, as well as the quality of service, he is in charge of the helm of ALCHEMY DMC Peru to ensure the best experience for customers during their stay in the country.

Tomas Martinez

Trinahost - Programmer

Passionate about traveling, Tomas prefers places where tranquility reigns. Fanatic of fly fishing and birds singing at dawn. He began his university studies at UTN and has always worked in companies related to Systems. For 3 years he has been part of the ALCHEMY Group.

Sofia Linari

Trinahost - Sales Executive

Fun, passionate and very proactive, Sofia lived in Brazil, specifically in Teresina, where she learned traditional dances. For her Holidays she always chooses that city to visit her family. Four years ago she joined the ALCHEMY Group in order to attend to the large accounts of the company.

Dante Militello

Trinahost - IT Manager

A lover of theater and media, he studied acting since he was 6 years old, driven by his mother who worked in a local soap opera in the city of Rosario, Santa Fe. Over time he turned to Computer Science and abandoned the artistic profile. Today he carries out the task of managing the infrastructure of the ALCHEMY Group.

Ariel Blanco

Trinahost - General Manager

Music lover and collector of Vinyl records, Ariel loves to run and participate in almost all existing Marathons. He enjoys vacationing in Northern Brazil (where he also looks for record stores for his private collection). He studied Graphic Design at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana and worked in companies related to the field. He founded Trinahost SRL, which today is part of the ALCHEMY Group with the clear mission of accompanying clients and being a leader in technology applied to the development of systems.

Federico Benitez

Administration

Federico is the newest addition to the ALCHEMY DMC roster, combining his passion for high-end experiences with his Marketing studies. He is one more of the bunch who loves learn something step by step every day. In his spare time, he enjoys running and a good book, but his real passion is travelling as much as he can.

Emanuel Scher

Australia & New Zealand Representative

Emanuel loves traveling the world, is a soccer passionate, cinema enthusiastic and Nature lover. He is a natural born Entrepreneur and mastered Chef. He works with ALCHEMY DMC as a Sales Partner in New Zealand/Australia and also as the Account Executive for the local clients.

Eugenia Apalodimas

MICE Department

Eugenia has been working in the travel industry for more than 10 years. Her curiosity took her to travel all over the world and to improve her career. She loves spending time with her family, a good Malbec and cooking for her family and friends.

Alejandra Lippi

MICE Department

Alejandra decided at the age of 15 she wanted to be a professional in Tourism, and she’s dedicated 8 years to her academic growth. She started working professionally in the Industry in 2006 and has a 10 year experience in MICE. She loves the challenge of big groups and events logistics and enjoys seeing the faces of our guests when we blow their minds. Alejandra loves reading, cooking and singing, and she spends her free time between her family & friends, an amateur choir, and her outings in the city.

Nelson Galdeman

IT Department

Since he was a child, Nelson has been an adrenaline lover. He likes every single activity that involves risks and extreme sports. Also, he has been working in the IT industry for the past 10 years. As a computer science enthusiast he joined ALCHEMY DMC IT Department.

Veronica Sanchez

Product Manager

Veronica works behind the scenes together with the Sales team, loading rates and finding the best options for our customers. In the past she worked many years in Events and is now specializing in the Product area. She loves spending time with her family and travelling with them; going to the cinema and sports.

Luis Camacho

Administration

He comes from Venezuela; he is a cheerful, proactive, collaborative and responsible guy. He likes knowing new cultures and tastes all the food they have, that’s why he is in Argentina currently working in the administration department of ALCHEMY DMC.

Gabriela Villagra

Leisure Travel Consultant

From a very young age, Gabriela knew that tourism was the path that she wanted to follow. Her desire to learn and discover has taken her all over Argentina as well as other choice destinations across the globe. She's always on the lookout for the next new experience. Today, after having spent 22 years in the tourism industry, Gabriela's passion remains intact and her desire to take on new challenges continues. When she's not planning her next trip, she enjoys playing with her little girl, and she dedicates as much time as she can to spending quality time with friends and family.

Sebastian Caldano

Back Office Manager

Sebastian has a degree in Accounting and a passionate soccer and rugby fan, playing alongside Tomas and Sergio in their local rugby club. He loves all kinds of outdoor activities, especially enjoying the lovely beaches of Necochea with his family in his spare time.

Mayra de Luca

Leisure Travel Consultant

Mayra was born in Argentina and grew up in Buenos Aires. She has been travelling around Argentina since she was a child. She decided that she needed to add a new side to her career (she had already earned a diploma in Tourism), so she enrolled in accounting studies, which is great because dealing with numbers is a huge part of her job! When she is not entertained with clients, she enjoys being a personal fitness coach. She believes that having balance in life allows training your mind and your body.

Celeste Spacech

Leisure Travel Consultant

Celeste is a travelling lover, she started her career working as a tour guide and has great experiences doing it. She thinks that Argentina has the most stunning landscapes, specially beautiful mountains. She loves nature and local food. Her hobbies are trekking, biking, visiting fairs and practicing yoga. She loves spend time with friends, boyfriend and family.

Maria Gallego

Leisure Travel Consultant

Maria's trips are all about outdoor activities, long treks and drink some mates in outstanding landscapes. She travelled widely through Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia; but her favourite destination will always be Argentina. She loves its food, music and culture and always encourages people to visit it when she meets fellow travellers abroad. In her free time she loves gathering with friends and family, singing, playing the guitar and have a cold beer at a brewery.

Anabel Ramos

Operations Department

Anabel is a graduated Graphic Designer and professional Photographer. She has a curious mind and strives to learn and explore new things that feed her creativity. She has a very determined sence of responsibility. When she travels, she likes to go to those not known places and enjoy the tranquility of a landscape for herself.

Santiago Reina

Leisure Manager

Santiago was born in Buenos Aires, and ever since he was young, he has developed a passion for Geography and Travel. Being very enthusiastic, he decided to join both of his passions together making a career in Tourism. He has been working in this industry for 12 years so far. He loves challenges, and so, he joined ALCHEMY DMC Argentina to lead the Leisure Team. Also, a big fan of travelling and spending time with his family and friends. On top of all that, he can’t imagine his life without music, but his favorite hobby is attending River Plate’s football matches.

Ana Eva Cuello

Leisure Travel Consultant

From an early age, she enjoyed travelling. She is particularly interested in history, arts and architecture. Her eagerness to discover new places, took her to different trips through Argentina and Europe. Ana Eva is passionate about nature; she is especially fond of horses and cats. In her free time she volunteers for different social causes. Her innate senses of service and responsibility inspire her to be both patient and meticulous.

Belen Maestrojuan

MICE & Groups Department

Maria Belen has a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management and has been lucky enough to work in major hospitality companies in Argentina which formed her throughout her career. Curious and detail orientated, she loves to discover small spaces filled with charm, especially in her home city Buenos Aires. A Lover of yoga, she loves having coffee with friends and share barbecues with her growing family.

Lucila Verzoub

MICE & Groups Department

Lucila loves to travel and get to know new people and cultures. She has traveled around the world since she was born. Bringing the experience of being a part of the MICE industry for the last 5 years, and always looking for new challenges. In her free time, she loves baking and spending time with friends and family.

Anabella Rosito

Operations Department

Anabella studied Tourism and Hospitality at University of Salvador. She loves traveling and meeting people from other cultures, and visiting new places. She is a quiet and curious person with a lot of desire to learn all the time. She is also very responsible and orderly. In her free time she studies English and Portuguese and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Melina Smigliani

MICE & Groups Department

Melina graduated in Tourism 10 years ago, and since then she has grown professionally in the field. Melina likes coffee and rock music, and loves spend time with her family and friends. Strong believer she has found her true vocation in the MICE industry, as an opportunity to create new unforgettable experiences for each person who comes to our country to live a memorable moment, which pleases her very much.

Patricio Piuma

Leisure Travel Consultant

Patricio is a simple and honest person, born in Buenos Aires. With a Tourism Degree, he has been working for 20 years in the industry. He has visited most of the main destinations in Argentina & Chile and has traveled several times to Europe. Dedicated fan of his family, close friends, AC/DC music, and the San Lorenzo de Almagro football team.

Veronica Penel

Product Department

Veronica is a simple and determined person born in Buenos Aires, who loves and enjoys outings with her family. Firm believer that the small details make a difference. She is the new member of the Product Department of ALCHEMY DMC.

Chiara Mazzocchi

Product Department

Chiara enjoys travelling since she was a little girl, that´s why she studied tourism as it’s her passion!! She worked in the incoming department for over 20 years, getting to know Argentina and its amazing different landscapes and cultures, loves to hang around with friends and family in her free time. Did a break a couple of years to be a full time mother of 3. Now, back on the track with a lot of energy in charge of products and services, very enthusiastic to discover new experiences to offer!

Fernando Colli

Operations Department

Fernando was born and raised in Buenos Aires. While studying his Tourism degree he spent a couple of winter seasons working in a ski resort in the US where he improved his English skills and learned snowboarding. Fernando loves travelling, music and sports, especially football. Meeting new people is also one of his preferred activities.

Alvaro Cevallos

Operations Department

Born and raised in Ecuador, Alvaro came to Argentina in 2006 to study Hotel Management. After many years of living in Buenos Aires, he decided to make it his permanent residence. His personal motto of “Travel the world, Love the memories” made him travel around Argentina; to work and live in a ski resort in the USA, and even took him to Osaka, Japan for a 1 year university exchange program. He considers himself a cat lover, a foodie, a bookworm and an avid lapel pin collector.

Victoria Galdeman

Operations Department

Victoria was born and raised in Buenos Aires. She has been studying Tourism the last few years, so it is her passion. She really enjoys travelling and getting to know new places. She is very outgoing and friendly but also responsible. In her free time she practices Kung Fu and Jiu-Jitsu, and she also goes to percussion classes. She always wants to learn new things.

Lucia Hernandez

Leisure Travel Consultant

Lucia grew up in Quilmes and since little discovered her passion for traveling and learning about different cultures. That was her drive for studying Tourism and Hospitality at Universidad del Salvador. She loves roadtrips, prefers mountains, lakes and streams instead of beaches. Bariloche is her dream place in the world. She is very responsible and organized but also very creative. In her free time she enjoys painting and making handcrafts. It's a great way to connect with herself!

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