From the moment you first contact Gundi, it is clear that she is not just professional but a warm and welcoming hostess. She met us on the dock at Puerto Ayora and insisted on helping carry our bags from the boat up the path to Jean's Home after a couple of minute's in a little water taxi across the bay. We stayed in the main house, and as we were the only ones in it, we effectively had not just the bedroom but also the kitchen and living area to our selves. Gundi made us a big breakfast each morning and provided info when wanted. She was really great with our son and kindly brought round some soup one evening when his stomach had been troubled.
She also put us in touch with Paul McFarling, who is originally from England but has lived for many years in the Galapagos. He is a biologist and has intimate knowledge of the unique local flora and fauna. He offers local tours and explains with great enthusiasm and humour the local natural history and how so much of it is interconnected. He was very good with our 8 year-old.
Visitors to the Galapagos should be aware that you have to pay a fee of $US100 per adult and $US50 per child to enter the National Park, which is basically the whole Galapagos and has to be paid upon arrival at the airport. That is in addition to the $US10 each you are charged in Quito or Guayaquil before boarding the plane...
Jean's Home is across the bay from Puerto Ayora and it is quick and easy to reach the centre of town by water taxi. The residential area around Jean's Home is quiet and small, with a local beach (Finch Bay) just a few minutes walk to the south-west. we went when the tide was out, so it was quite rocky and very shallow, making swimming almost impossible. Even closer to Jean's are a couple of restaurants at Angermeyer Point - just remember to take the torch that is thoughtfully provided by Gundi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jean's Home is a small B&B located on a point called "Punta Estrada", on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands -----Brief History----- The original house was built by Jean Blaha, an American settler who arrived on the islands in the 70's. She decided to build her home with her own hands, patiently moving lava-rock by lava-rock. In the 90's Jean passed away without completely finishing the construction. She left the house to her friend and current owner Gundi Schreyer, who decided to call it "Jean's Home" in memory and honor of Jean. -----Accommodations:----- The main house consists out of three rooms and a kitchen-living-room area. The kitchen is there for the guests to use and is fully equipped with refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, coffee-machine, pots and pans and everything needed. There is also a television in the living-room. There are three rooms connected directly to the main house. Each of the rooms has air-conditioning and a private bathroom with hot water. There are also two bungalows for up to three people, each with a private bathroom and a small kitchen (the bungalows do not have air-conditioning but several fans and big windows instead). The B&B is surrounded by a natural garden with mostly native and endemic plants. -----Location:----- Jean's Home is located on a point of the island at the end of "Academy Bay" and can be reached by water-taxi. These are available 24/7 and take only a few minutes to get to the point. The neighborhood is a very peaceful place, as there are no cars (only pedestrian pathways) and it is not located in the center of the town. There is a beautiful beach very close by and also a natural crack with cool brackish water where you can swim, only 15-20 minutes away from the B&B. We also have a few restaurants located directly on the point. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jean's Home Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz