By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Travel Weekly Magazine, issuer of the renowned World Travel Awards, has honored Rio de Janeiro with the title of the best place to visit in South America. The award ceremony is scheduled for November 7 in London and will be aired live by BBC World.

Created in 1993, the poll uses the internet as its main information source and in this issue 200,000 travel agents and industry professionals of 198 countries were behind the choice, which also decreed Ipanema the best stretch of sand in the world.

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