You'll find fewer tourists and slightly lower prices in October. The seas are rougher at this time in the Galápagos; but it also means you can sometimes score good deals.

Independence Day

This massive holiday on October 9 fetes Guayaquil's 1820 declaration of independence from Spain; it's a festive time to be in the tropical city. Folks flood the center for parades, concerts, street parties and fireworks.