If you are thinking about visiting the Andes, chances are that you learned that these mountains stretch through both Ecuador and Peru. Even though this is the same mountain, you can expect different things in these two countries. This is why we decided to share with you some insights on both of them.
Still, you don’t have to choose one country as you can trek Ecuador and Peru with Gulliver Travel at the same time. No matter what you choose, it’s good to know what to expect.
When it comes to the beauty and size of the mountains, Peru is better. The altitudes are generally higher in Peru than Ecuador and this contributes to their grandeur. However, the Andes in Peru can be difficult to trek for people without experience and it’s not uncommon for them to give up.
When it comes to costs, Peru is much cheaper hands-down. This is because Ecuador uses American dollars which is a strong currency and, because of it, everything is more expensive. Still, you can take advice from the locals in Ecuador and save up money, but generally, the prices in Peru are around 50% lower, no matter if we are talking about food, services, or gas.
Both of the countries have dry, warm, wet, and cold weathers. Depending on the altitude and the current seasons, the temperature on the Andes can be drastically different during day and night. The Andes really don’t have seasons. There is only the rain and the dry season.
The rain season lasts from February to April and the rest is dry season. The temperatures drop as you climb higher and the differences between day and night temperatures are greater as well.
The Andean culture is alive and well in both Peru and Ecuador. You can find locals in traditional clothing, markets, local food recipes, and so on. However, when it comes to architecture and ruins, you can find more of them in Peru and there are really more astonishing sights to behold.
If you don’t have the time to go through the whole Andes and visit both countries, then the obvious choice is to go to Peru as it has more to offer since most of the Andes stretch through this country. However, the best thing is to visit both countries and get the full experience.