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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A gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, the town sits on Lake Argentino, where boat tours navigate opalescent icebergs. The morning after checking into Esplendor hotel, everyone took a guided climb wearing heavy-duty crampons to navigate the moaning crevasses of Perito Moreno Glacier, a massive ice field that is the world's third-largest freshwater reserve. The next evening the group dined at La Tablita, known for its Patagonian lamb. The local soccer team had just won a match, prompting shouts, honking and dancing in the streets. "We sat at a long table soon Above: The Andean condor is the national bird of Chile, and Torres del Paine National Park is a popular place for condor sightings. Left: Perito Moreno Glacier is a massive ice field. Below: Weather conditions offer interesting, changing views of the Three Towers. filled with delicious food and wine," Ann says. "It was a fantastic start to our food adventures on the trip." Next up was Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, where their rooms at Hotel Río Serrano offered an unparalleled vista of the Three Towers, the most photographed landmark in Patagonia. "The view was awesome every day, whether shrouded in cloud cover or (with a) crystal clear blue sky," Ann recalls. During their five-day stay in the park, the companions split up, some embarking on an all-day glacier trek, others checking out unusual flora and fauna, including the mighty condor. Ann and a few Photo courtesy of Los Glaciares National Park Photo courtesy of "The Eyes of the Condor" Photo courtesy of "The Eyes of the Condor" BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 78 Escape

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