Tour Guide

Fabrizio Ghilardi

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

Hometown: Milan, Italy

Guide since: 2012

Bike

The Cuesta del Obispo on the road to Cachi, or the Cuesta del Lipán en route to Salinas Grandes

Eat

Cheese empanadas with an icy glass of Torrontés

Drink

Altura Máxima Pinot Noir from the highest vineyard in the world (9,000 feet!)

Sleep

My own Finca Valentina—we built it in one of the most beautiful places I know

Fabrizio is an Italian adventurer whose life changed completely after a trip to Argentina’s Puna de Atacama desert. His time in Salta tempted him to stay in its beautiful and quiet valley, so he left Milan where he was working as a financial advisor and settled in this beautiful place. His wife Valentina—also an Italian expat—manages their country house, Finca Valentina. Together, they have two children, Sofia and Alessandro.

Fabrizio knows every corner of Northern Argentina and has climbed some of the highest peaks of the Andes (Piscis, Ojos del Salado, Sajama, and Llullaillaco) and a few mountains in the Alps as well. He has published two books in Italy, one of which captures his experience traveling in the Puna. His enthusiasm is endless and his latest achievement is the Argentina Puna Foundation, created to protect the natural resources of the Andes as a legacy for future generations.

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