Our host, Gundi, was great. She gave clear directions from the airport (which might have been a little bewildering otherwise, as we don't speak Spanish) and met us at the port to accompany us by water taxi to the accommodation. Gundi was born on the island (pop. 79 then; pop. 20,000 now) when it had no electricity or running water and has done just about everything. She is thoroughly knowledgeable about places to see and how to see them. She knows everyone and can arrange day trips to suit your physical abilities and tastes. Our next host (Robert at Semilla Verde) happened to see our notes on the two boat trips we took and was astounded at how much money Gundi had saved us on the bookings (about $30 to $40 per person per trip compared to the best prices he knew about).
- 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