SOCIAL COMMITMENT TOURISM at ALCHEMY DMC Argentina.

ALCHEMY DMC strives to keep pushing boundaries so we went looking for the best ceviche in town in the humble neighborhood of Rodrigo Bueno.

We were tipped off by renowned Peruvian chef Anthony Vázquez from La Mar Restaurant, who said the ceviche served in “Lo de Nachito” is the city’s best kept secret without a shadow of doubt.

We thoroughly enjoyed an amazing lunch and shared for a little while the culture, necessities and the everyday life of this area and its people. They welcomed us with their arms wide open.

It would be our pleasure to share these experiences with our alchemist friends, who are always ready for new challenges!

10 MANOS: A LUXURY GASTRONOMIC EVENT IN MENDOZA By COCACHANEL

This time I’ll tell you about a must-see event full of alchemy that I attended in Mendoza: 10 Manos!

What is it about? 5 luxury world-known Argentine chefs formed a team years ago, and host this event once a year in different parts of the world (don’t forget to check where the 2020 edition of this must-see event will take place). The starring lineup of the “Dream Team”: Narda Lepes, Mauro Colagreco (no less than the first Argentine chef to be awarded a Michelin star for his famous restaurant, Mirazur, in France), Fernando Trocca, Germán Martitegui and Guido Tassi.

More hands joined in, like Tato Giovannoni´s, with his perfect cocktails, and as bonus: all wines from winery Zuccardi Piedra Infinita, among others.

Obviously, all of them care a lot about my rating in the COQUERA guide, so I’ll award them 4 shoes and a glass of wine (EXCELLENT Plus!), and here is the reason why:

It was like stepping them down and right back up from the premium chef category pedestal: Down, because we saw them in action as plain regular people just cooking and hosting us with the same care and intimacy you would expect from your own friends when having you at their home. And then, back up to the top, with the warmth and quality of service truly worthy of the podium.

The environment in such a winery, with its owners as our luxury hosts, added even more magic to the event. And right at the foot of the Andes.

The menu featured chef Martitegui’s tamales with two types of corn and partridge leg; chef Tassi’s blood sausage with fresh beans; Colagreco’s shredded and pressed lamb confit, with sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, dates and mashed quince on the side, and another dish of persimmon with Armagnac whipped cream; chef Narda Lepes’ squash tempura with aioli; and chef Martitegui’s kid goat tacos wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Spectacular live music by duet Mariano Dalla Torre and Gustavo Bruno.

Over one hundred guests, gastronomic icons, journalists, wine experts and special—not to say shameless—guests, like me. My conclusion: gastronomy, cocktails and premium wines combined in a luxury environment. If you are a hearty eater, add this event to your bucket list!

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As every place we attend with ALCHEMY DMC, this event turned every single element into gold!

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10 MANOS: EVENTO GASTRONÓMICO DELUXE EN MENDOZA BY COCACHANEL

ESTA VEZ LES COMPARTO UN EVENTO IMPERDIBLE  Y CON VERDADERA ALQUIMIA AL QUE ASISTI EN MENDOZA: DIEZ MANOS!

De qué se trata: 5 chefs argentinos muy reconocidos en el mundo entero, formaron este equipo hace años, celebrando este evento una vez al año en distintas partes del globo (así que estén atentos a ver dónde se hace este imperdible en su edición 2020). Les paso el listado del “Dream Team”: Narda Lepes, Mauro Colagreco (nada menos que el primer argentino en obtener su primer estrella Michelin por su famoso restaurante Mirazur en Francia), Fernando Trocca, Germán Martitegui y Guido Tassi.

A ellos se sumaron más manos como Tato Giovannoni, con su impecable coctelería, y todos los vinos de Bodega Zuccardi Piedra Infinita, entre otros.

Es obvio que a todos ellos les re importa mi calificación en la GUIA COQUERA, así que les entrego 4 zapatos y una copa de vino (EXCELENTE MÁS UN PLUS). Van mis motivos:

Fue bajar y volver a subir a un pedestal a chefs Premium: bajarlos porque vimos amigos cocinando, en acción, atendiéndonos a nosotros con el mismo esmero que uno espera de un amigo que te recibe en su casa; subirlos porque la calidad y calidez de todo lo que hicieron bien les merece el podio.

Porque el ambiente en semejante bodega, donde estaban sus dueños como host de lujo logró todavía más magia. Y todo al pie de la Cordillera de los Andes.

Un poco del menú: tamal con dos tipos de maíz y pata de perdiz, de Martitegui; de Tassi, morcilla con porotos frescos; de Colagreco, cordero confitado, desmenuzado y prensado, con batata, cebollas caramelizadas, dátiles y puré de membrillos y otro plato de caqui con crema chantilly Armagnac y nueces caramelizadas;  tempura de calabaza con alioli de Narda Lepes, y un taco de chivo envuelto en hoja de lechuga, de Martitegui también.

Spectacular live music by duet Mariano Dalla Torre and Gustavo Bruno.

Música en vivo espectacular con el dúo Mariano Dalla Torre y Gustavo Bruno.

Más de cien invitados: referentes gastronómicos, periodistas, enólogos, invitados especiales, y caraduras, o como los quieran llamar, como yo.

Conclusión: gastronomía, coctelería y vinos Premium en un ambiente de lujo. A los amantes del buen comer anoten este evento en su bucketlist! Como todo lo que vivimos con ALCHEMY DMC este evento transformó cada elemento en Oro!

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7 Restaurantes fuera del circuito habitual en Buenos Aires by COCACHANEL

1. NIÑO GORDO

Desde que entré al lugar enloquecí con la decoración. Es una parrilla asiática fusión y la ambientación es como entrar a todos los países de Asia que uno imagine, en un sólo lugar.

Después de recorrer cada detalle de la deco, hay que dedicarse a jugar: sí como leen.. está lleno de juguetes, algunos se mueven cuando los iluminan; otros son videojuegos vintage que prendés y jugás como cuando eras chico.
Supongo que esperan de una vez por todas la parte gastronómica no? El chef es el gran colombiano Pedro Peña, que además es un anfitrión de primera!

Consejo: ir con reserva previa. Hay dos turnos: a las 20.30 y a las 22.30. Tienen opción de Barra o Mesa; les aconsejo optar por la primera porque hablan directamente con el chef, quien pregunta sus gustos y en base a eso uno come. Obviamente, hay carta pero déjense guiar por las opciones que les de el chef que siempre acierta.

Prueben la cocktelería que además de ser riquísima, viene en vasos súper divertidos..

Dirección: Thames 1810 – PALERMO

Para más información: https://ninogordo.meitre.com/

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2. LAS PATRIOTAS

Para salir en modo tacos y ropa de gaucho. Se van a sorprender tanto como yo con esta taberna que abrió sus puertas a fines del año pasado. Una mega perla en Palermo. Esta joyita es el nuevo Bar de Tato Giovannoni, uno de los bartender estrella cuyo mítico bar Florería Atlántico llegó al ranking de los mejores 10 bares del mundo.

Razones no foodies para ir a conocer este lugar:
✔Es una taberna argentina que hace honor a nuestras raíces en cada detalle.
✔Homenajea a las mujeres de nuestra historia y lo pueden ver en sus pinturas.
✔La bandera albiceleste está en cada detalle de la ambientación.

✔Imposible no deslumbrarse con el mega espejo de los Escudos de varias provincias.
✔Antes de empezar a comer diviértanse recorriendo cada rincón y probándose sombreros muy chic.
✔Atención súper cálida, profesional y distendida a la vez.

Razones foodies para ir con mayor urgencia:
✔cocktelería Premium a cargo de Tato.
✔Comida bien argentina pero con una preparación Gourmet que tiene como encanto, que van a probar lo que comemos en nuestras casasa pero de manera súper elaborada sin perder el sabor. Lo gourmet no hace perder su sabor original ya que ser respeta la esencia.

Dirección: Paunero 2880 – PALERMO

Para más información: https://www.laspatriotasargentinas.com/

3. TALAS DEL ENTRERRIANO

Vayan sí o sí en zapatillas… pero vayan!

Es una popular parrilla ubicada en la localidad de José León Suárez, con un salón grande tipo quincho atendido por sus dueños, Oscar el Entrerriano y su familia, junto a un gran staff. Les aseguro que no van a encontrar ni un solo turista, y van a estar viviendo una experiencia 100% auténtica… quién les dice hasta nos cruzamos ahí?

Es un asador a la leña con cortes clásicos pero sin duda las vedettes son el Lechón, Chivito, Cordero o Conejo a la parrilla.
Tip fundamental: después de semejante comilona dejen lugar para la siesta!!!

Dirección: Av. Brigadier de Rosas 1391 – JOSE LEON SUAREZ

Para más información: https://www.facebook.com/lostalasdelentrerriano/


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4. CORTE COMEDOR

Un plan 2×1 que pueden vivir en dos opciones: hacer sus compras en Corte Carnicería y que un argentino amigo (que espero para esas alturas tengan ya alguno y sino siempre me pueden escribir) les prepare un buen asado en su casa; o bien comer en Corte Comedor (ambos lugares están un lado del otro y elijan lo que elijan, visiten ambos).

Esta es una parrilla boutique con una decoración, una atención y sobre todas las cosas una comida incréible.

Mis recomendados para pedir: croquetas de asado con bechamel, mollejas, merguet de cordero de entrada (sí, sepan que cuando vengan acá van a dejar la dieta afuera).
El hit de plato principal es sin dudas el bife de novillo madurado 60 días.

Dirección: Av. Olazábal 1399 – BELGRANO

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5. MUMBAI

Cansados de carne y asado? Les doy buena opción para viajar a otro continente sin moverse de Argentina.

Mumbai es un restaurante de comida india en pleno Palermo.
Hay opción de menú degustación genial para quienes quieren probar de todo.

La ambientación a uno lo transporta a India, pero en pleno corazón de BA.
Mis consejos foodies: no perderse la entrada de langostinos rebozados en harina de garbanzos, el curry de cordero y el tandoori chicken.

Todo acompañando por naaan, pan plano de harina de trigo típico de los países asiáticos. No dejen de probarlo!!

Dirección: Honduras 5684 – PALERMO

Para más información: https://www.facebook.com/mumbai.baires/

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6. RENATTO

Un lugar que nunca falla, en un barrio cero turístico, Villa Pueyrredón.

Además de ser un restaurante con una ambientación súper cálida y que te remonta a Italia, todo el personal es súper atento, servicial e italianos de pura cepa.

Esta perla escondida es del reconocido chef Paolo Spertino.
Les doy mis consejos foodies: de entrada Buratta (media porción fue más que suficiente), después tabla de mariscos y pescados y cómo no podía ser de otra manera, para terminar pastas: ravioles al pesto con langostinos. Todo un manjar!!

Eso sí hay que respetar las reglas de Renato:
1.- No pedirás queso para platos que vienen del mar.
2.- No dejarás vino en la mesa.
3.- Tratarás a tu camarero como él te trata.
4.- Si comiste rico, predícalo.

Dirección: Pareja 3050 – VILLA PUEYRREDON

Para más información: https://www.facebook.com/renattocucina/

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7. ANCHOITA

Este restó fue elegido como una de los 10 mejores restaurantes que abrieron sus puertas en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires en el 2018.
El lugar tiene una ambientación imponente, hay pocas mesas, y lo ideal es comer en la barra, con la cocina a la vista.

Comida a la parrilla para todos los gustos, que incluye carne, pescado o incluso … para quienes en su paso por Argentina necesitan descansar un poco de la opción parrilla, tienen excelentes pastas.
Mi consejo: no se pierdan de probar el choripán de oriente, que viene con dos salsas a elección y el pan es de otro planeta, diferente a cualquier choripán que vayan a probar en nuestro país.

Para acompañar les aconsejo pedir, en esta tierra también de vinos, la opción de Bienconvino, que viene en una excelente serie maridaje que varía según la elección del menú.

Dirección: Juan Ramirez de Velasco 1520 – CHACARITA


7 Off The Beaten Path Restaurants in Buenos Aires by COCACHANEL

1. NIÑO GORDO

Ever since I first entered the place, I have been crazy about its design. This is a fusion Asian grill house and, because of its atmosphere, it feels like being in each and every Asian country you can imagine, all in just one place.

Once you have enjoyed all the design details, you have to spend some time playing: yeah, as you’ve read… The place is full of toys: Some of them move when illuminated, others are vintage video games you switch on and play as if you were a child.
I guess you’re all waiting for the gastronomic info, aren’t you? Well, the chef is the well-known Colombian Pedro Peña, who is indeed the most perfect host!

A word of advice: Make a reservation. You can choose 20:30 or 22:30. Either bar or table. I would go for the first option as you can talk directly with the chef and he inquires about your tastes and suggests a perfectly suiting meal. Of course, there is a menu, but let the chef guide you through some options as he’s always right.

By the way, you should also have a cocktail, they are delicious and served in funny glasses.

Address: Thames 1810 – PALERMO

For more information: https://ninogordo.meitre.com/

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2. LAS PATRIOTAS

The perfect place for your heels and gaucho outfit! You’ll be as surprised as I was by this tavern that opened by the end of last year. Located in Palermo, this real gem is the brand new bar of Tato Giovannoni, one of the top bartenders whose legendary bar, Florería Atlántico, was ranked among the 10 best bars worldwide.

Reasons why you should visit this place—other than its food!
✔ This is an Argentine tavern honoring Argentine roots in every single detail.
✔ It pays tribute to Women in Argentine history as you’ll see on the paintings.
✔ The Argentine flag is present in every detail across the place.

✔ You´ll be astonished by a mega mirror displaying the coats of arms of several provinces.
✔ Before you sit down to eat your meal, have some fun going all over the place and trying on pretty chic hats.
✔ Service is warm-hearted, professional and relaxed as well.

Food-related reasons that will urge you to visit this place:
✔ Premium cocktails made by Tato.
✔ Genuine Argentine food with a gourmet preparation, which means that you´ll eat homemade Argentine food, though highly sophisticated, with no flavors lost! In other words, the gourmet style keeps the original food taste without changing its essence.

Address: Paunero 2880 – PALERMO

For more information: https://www.laspatriotasargentinas.com/

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3. TALAS DEL ENTRERRIANO

You should wear sneakers to this place… but don’t miss the chance of eating here!

Hosted by its owners—Oscar “el Entrerriano” and his family—and a large staff, this is a popular grill house displaying a vast quincho-style lounge in the district of José León Suárez. Rest assured that you will find no tourists here and you will live a 100% authentic experience, the real thing… Who knows? Fancy meeting you here!

As a wood-fired grill house, it offers the typical meat cuts, but the leading stars are grilled suckling pig, kid goat, lamb and rabbit.
A word of advice: after such a feast, you will need to allow some time for a nap!

Address: Av. Brigadier de Rosas 1391 – JOSE LEON SUAREZ

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/lostalasdelentrerriano/


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4. CORTE COMEDOR

A 2×1 special treat where you have two equally satisfying choices: You can either buy at the butcher’s Corte Carnicería and have your Argentine friend—I hope by this time you already have one (if you don’t, you can always call me!)—barbecue a full-fledged asado at home, or have a meal at the restaurant Corte Comedor (you’ll find one place next to the other, and no matter what you choose, you should visit both).

This is a boutique grill house with an amazing design, service and, above all, excellent food.

A word of advice on the menu: as appetizers, you should order barbecue croquettes with béchamel sauce, sweetbreads and lamb merguez (yeah, you’d better not be on a diet when you come here) and, as the main dish, you should have 60-day aged steer steak; you can make sure this is the hit.

Address: Av. Olazábal 1399 – BELGRANO

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5. MUMBAI

Tired of meat and grills? Here is a good choice for you to travel to a different continent without leaving Argentina.

Mumbai is an Indian food restaurant in the heart of Palermo. It features a taste-it-all menu for those who are eager to leave no flavor out of such an exquisite experience.

The atmosphere of this place will take you to India, though you will never leave the heart of Buenos Aires.
A word of advice on the food: For starters, don’t miss the chickpea flour coated shrimps, lamb curry and tandoori chicken.

On the side of every dish, you will have naan—which is wheat bread typical of Asian countries. You will never regret this!

Address: Honduras 5684 – PALERMO

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/mumbai.baires/

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6. RENATTO

A place that never fails in Villa Pueyrredon—a neighborhood where you will hardly ever find a tourist.

Besides this restaurant’s exceptionally friendly atmosphere and genuine Italian feeling, the staff is truly warm, obliging and, of course, every inch Italian.

Behind this hidden gem is the well-known chef, Paolo Spertino.
A word of advice on the food: For starters, have burrata (a half serving is quite filling), followed by a fish and seafood platter, and to top it all, there is nothing like having some pasta: ravioli with pesto and shrimps. Mouthwatering, indeed!

Mind you—tongue in cheek—you should abide by Renatto’s rules at all times:
1.- You shall not have grated cheese over sea dishes.
2.- You shall not leave wine on the table.
3.- You shall treat your waiter as he treats you.
4.- You shall praise your food if it was tasty.

Address: Pareja 3050 – VILLA PUEYRREDON

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/renattocucina/

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7. ANCHOITA

Ranked among the top 10 restaurants first opening its doors in 2018 in the City of Buenos Aires, this place has a breathtaking atmosphere: few tables—perfect for eating at the bar—and a view of the kitchen.

The menu features grilled food to cater to every taste, including beef, fish, and what not… Even if you need to take a break from Argentine grill, you will certainly enjoy an exquisite choice of pasta.
A word of advice: Don’t miss the Eastern Choripán! This grilled-sausage sandwich comes with two choices of sauce on the side and the bread is totally out of this world… Definitely, a choripán you will taste nowhere else in this country.

In a land also well known for its wines, it is worth ordering any of Bienconvino labels, which offer an outstanding Serie Maridaje for every choice of meal.

Address: Juan Ramirez de Velasco 1520 – CHACARITA


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 12 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 Travel Consultant

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

Operations Department

Adrian was born in the city of Buenos Aires and is passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures. Since he loves his family and close friends, he cannot imagine his life without them by his side. He has a weakness for playing sports, listening to music and supporting River Plate football team. With more than 20 years in the tourism industry, he joined ALCHEMY to continue both learning and incorporating new experiences, and also contribute with his know-how to the company.

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 Manager

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 he 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

Branding Consultant

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.

Juan Inojosa

Operations Department

Juan works on the Operations team at ALCHEMY DMC Argentina, he answers the calls at the office, so if you have to call us, you will probably talk to him. Juan is a creative guy, that loves making contact with new people, he enjoys to learn everyday from the different life experiences. He likes to play the drums with his band in his freetime, and is crazy about food and exotic tastes.

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

Operations Department

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 since he was young he developed a passion for Geography and Travels. He is very enthusiastic, so he decided to join both of his passions and he made a career in Tourism. He has been working for 12 years in the industry. He loves challenges, and so, he joined ALCHEMY DMC Argentina to lead the Leisure Team. He is fan of travelling and spending time with his family and friends. He can’t imagine his life without music, but he’s favourite hobby is to attend River Plate’s football matches.

Ana Eva Cuello

Operations Department

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 travel around the world since she was borned. She has been in the MICE industry for the last 5 years and she is always looking for new challenges. In her free time she loves to bake and spend 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

She graduated from Tourism 10 years ago and since then she has grown professionally in the field.Melina likes very much the specialtly coffee, rock music and loves spend time with her family and friends.She considers that she has found her vocation in the MICE industry and it really makes her very happy to create new unforgettable experiences for each person who comes to our country to live a memorable moment.

Patricio Piuma

Leisure Travel Consultant

Patricio is a simple and honest person, was born in Buenos Aires. Degree on tourism, 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. He is fan of his family, close friends, AC/DC music, and San Lorenzo de Almagro football team.

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