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This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.

South America is beloved for its vibrant cultures, beautiful landscapes, and immersive experiences. All the honorees on this year's list of the best resorts in South America excel in service and amenities, but they also do an impressive job protecting their natural environments. As usual, Peru made a strong showing on this year's list, but Chile's extraordinary deserts and mountains helped hotels in the country to even the playing field. (Each country had three properties that placed.)

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

Aside from Peru and Chile, resorts in Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina nabbed coveted spots in readers' top 10. Especially beloved were nature-focused resorts, such as No. 7 Finch Bay  Galapagos Hotel in Ecuador's Galápagos Islands and No. 2 Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, just outside São Paolo, Brazil. In the fourth spot is Mashpi Lodge, located in the Amazon rainforest near Quito, Ecuador. "Superb accommodations, service, daily adventures, food, drinks, and spa, without sacrificing your footprint on the ecosystem," opined one reader, while another added that "the rooms are beautiful!"

Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Peru's lush Sacred Valley, secured the No. 6 spot, thanks to its "gorgeous location and stunning pool," according to one respondent. Another loved the "beautiful rooms and dining area."

With such stiff competition, it took outstanding service and a truly stunning setting for Hotel Paracas to win the top spot. Read on to see what readers had to say — and which other hotels made the list of the 2021 honorees.

1. Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, Peru

Tucked into the stunning Paracas Peninsula, this resort — with its nature-inspired white-and-wood decor — almost blends into its gorgeous surroundings. Greenery and crystal blue waters abut one side, while the dramatic Atacama Desert flanks on the other. Guests can stroll along the hotel's dock, dine at one of three on-site restaurants, and participate in activities like paddle boarding and shell collecting, or they can join tours that highlight sailing, local wildlife, or the desert. Voters extolled the property's top-notch service and attractive design, with one exclaiming, "Excellent hotel, good service, exquisite food — I fell in love the moment I saw their facilities."

Score: 98.77

More information: marriott.com

2. Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz, Brazil

Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz, Brazil
Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, hotel veranda, Porto Feliz, Brazil
| Credit: COURTESY OF Hotel Fasano Boa Vista

Score: 98.25

More information: fasano.com.br

3. Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa,San Pedro de Atacama,Chile
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, hotel pool, San Pedro de Atacama,Chile
| Credit: Courtesy of Tierra Atacama

Score: 98.00
More information: tierrahotels.com

4. Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge Yaku hotel suite, Quito, Ecuador
| Credit: Courtesy of Mashpi Lodge

Score: 97.76
More information: mashpilodge.com

5. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu, Peru
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, lobby, Machu Picchu, Peru
| Credit: Courtesy Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Score: 97.68
More information: machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com

6. Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley, Peru 

Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley, Peru
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, hotel pool, Sacred Valley, Peru
| Credit: Courtesy of Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort

Score: 96.74
More information: marriott.com

7. Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Finch Bay Hotel, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Finch Bay Hotel, hotel guest room,Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
| Credit: Courtesy of Finch Bay Hotel

Score: 95.80
More information: finchbayhotel.com

8. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, hotel lobby, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
| Credit: Courtesy of Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Score: 95.79
More information: tierrahotels.com

9. The Vines Resort and Spa, Mendoza, Argentina

Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina
Vines Resort & Spa, hotel exterior, Mendoza, Argentina
| Credit: Courtesy of The Vines Resort and Spa

Score: 95.69
More information: vinesresortandspa.com

10. Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Explora Patagonia, hotel exterior, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
| Credit: Courtesy of Explora Patagonia

Score: 95.68
More information: explora.com

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2021.