Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2017-2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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For Ballantyne residents Hank and Ann Del Vecchio and four other local couples who spent two weeks together exploring Patagonia, their odyssey through this legendary land exceeded all expectations. "We never tired of looking at the incredible scenery and pinching ourselves, thinking 'I'm really here,'" Ann says. Knowing that within this vast territory spanning Chile and Argentina lie some of the most jaw-dropping panoramas on the planet, the group was determined to take in as much as possible through trekking, horseback riding, climbing and kayaking. Margaret Rossetti, a concierge travel agent in south Charlotte, arranged their 15-day itinerary. "I planned this trip a year in advance because you need time to do it right," she says. "Many people around the world are now going to Patagonia." She helped the group obtain visas because rules are constantly changing, but no vaccinations were required. She also provided a checklist of cool-weather clothing and gear. Glaciers, Towers The group's adventure began in El Calafate, Argentina, jumping off point for most Patagonia excursions. Right, Below: Boat tours navigate opalescent icebergs. Photo courtesy of "The Eyes of the Condor" BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 77 Escape

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