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WINTER 2017-2018

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and another couple donned protective wetsuits and braved the strait's icy waters on a guided kayak trip. "We loved paddling along the coast, seeing the peaceful scenery and being able to say that we were actually kayaking in the Strait of Magellan," Ann says. Wine Country The final leg of the journey was a stay in Chile's capital city of Santiago at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco, which Ann highly recommends. The first day, everyone was free to wander the winding streets of this historic city that boasts many heritage sites, including the iconic Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Cristóbal Hill. Shopping was also on the agenda, so after Ann researched top spots, they headed to Pueblito Los Dominicos, a walled artisan marketplace, where the women purchased copper jewelry and alpaca shawls as mementoes of their Patagonia trip. The second day was reserved for lunch and wine tasting at Matetic Vineyards at Pomaire in nearby Casablanca Valley, the heart of Chile's wine country. "You would think you were in Napa Valley," Ann says, noting that she and a few companions also Above: Evenings in Santiago afford a lovely view of the Andes. Right: Croqueta de Cerdo is a popular dish at Ambrosía. Below: A visit to Chile's wine country might include a tasting in the Colchagua Valley. Photo courtesy of "The Eyes of the Condor" Photo courtesy of Ambrosía BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 82 Escape

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