In October, the temperature of the air and water in Galapagos varies depending on the strength of the trade winds. Towards the end of October we start to see the end of the Garua season as the trade winds slowly begin to drop and the cooling currents begin to ease off. Most days will still have a misty start before the sun burns through and occasional drizzle.
For the terrestrial life as this now marks the last phase of the cool dry season, this is a tough time for survival. Food is now very scare for land-based birds and reptiles, which means finches and mockingbirds are very active looking for food, and the lack of vegetation in some places makes land iguanas now very easy to spot.
Giant Tortoises can be spotted also starting to gather in large numbers in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Sunrises in the western parts of Galapagos are particularly beautiful this month.