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Yenyi Fu

I love exploring new destinations and new cultures, I feel it is a way of opening myself up to new ways to think about the world and new ways to interact with people.

When I travel, I love mixing up off the beaten track adventures on parts of the trip, with a beautiful hotel or restaurant experience - why not experience all the aspects that the destination has to offer!

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I spent 2 months in Guatemala, and in the two-month there, I learned so much about the culture of the country, and also challenged my own expectations. My most memorable experience is going to Semuc Champey. Semuc Champey, is a set of turquoise pools flowing through the dense forest.

I knew it was going to be an adventure getting there from my base in Antigua, but it was even more than I expected. The roads are shockingly bad on the way to Semuc Champey. Our little shuttle van (license for 12 people), had at least 25 people crammed inside, with 5 additional people sitting on the roof. The van would often go off the road, to avoid parts where mudslides from previous winters had covered the paved road.

The van arrives at Lanquin, the closest "big town" to Semuc Champey. When we arrive, there are lots of men and boys yelling destination to smaller towns nearby, including Semuc. We follow a young boy of 12 or 13 years old to a pickup truck. We jump into the pickup truck, luckily, they had added a handle bar to the middle of the truck bed, and we hold on for dear life as the truck takes us down rocky roads to the hostel.

The hostel we stayed at is right next to Semuc Champey.
We woke up the next morning to the sounds of the jungle, different birds singing. We decided to start the day with a short hike to the Mirador overlooking the pools. The view was magnificent, overlooking the seven limestone pools below. We hiked down to the pools and just swam and relaxed in the waters.

What was amazing was the fact that we were in such a magnificent location, surrounded by nature, yet very few tourist around us. We felt privileged to have been able to experience this location before it is "discovered" by the rest of the world, and the whole adventure getting here made it all the more memoriable."

Featured trips & expertise

Pacific coastline on the Nicoya Peninsula
Costa Rica Self-Drive Vacation - 13 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature. You will visit the highlights of the country, from the infamous Arenal volcano to the misty cloud forest, to the beautiful beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.  Along the way, you will zip through trees on zip lines, swim in waterfalls, and also have a chance to spot the wildlife (from monkeys to the resplendent quetzel) on naturalist lead walks.

Snorkel among coral reefs in the Pacific
Costa Rica Coastal Family Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts and is designed from start to finish with kids in mind. You'll visit the bustling capital of San José, the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of family-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to snorkeling in the Pacific.

Toucans can often be spotted among the treetops in Tortuguero National Park
Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days

Experience Costa Rica's most spectacular national parks on this 15-day tour. You'll catch glimpses of sea turtles and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and spot hundreds of bird species in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then it's time to head to the countries largest and most famous volcano, Arenal, for a mix of wildlife and heart pumping excursions. Finally, you'll end the trip in  Manuel Antonio, where you'll snorkel among colorful fish and traverse jungle trails.

Surfboards lining the beach in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Arenal & The Caribbean Coast - 15 Days

On this 15-day trip, you will experience the best of the country's tropical flora and fauna. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling in coral reefs.  You'll visit the famous Arenal volcano, see tons of exotic wildlife in Tortuguero National Park, and surf world-class waves in the laid-back beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Wax palms in the Cocora Valley
Explore Zona Cafetera - 5 Days

Experience a taste of Colombian culture on this 5-day trip to the Coffee Triangle. You'll go to the heart of the country's coffee region in charming Salento for an overnight at a working farm and hike through the picturesque green mountains of the Cocora Valley (and the famous wax palms). Then, head to Manizales, the most adventurous of the three cities that make up Colombia's coffee triangle, where you'll visit the Rio Blanco Nature reserve.  Like the coffee this region is known for, this trip is designed to awaken all of your senses.

La Fortuna Waterfall
Manuel Antonio & Arenal For Families - 7 days

With the awe-inspiring Arenal volcano, an exciting rafting trip, visiting the jungle in Manuel Antonio, and just some time to relax on the beach in Manuel Antonio, this trip captures the essence of the Costa Rican motto - Pura Vida!

Recent trip reviews for Yenyi

Best of costa rica in 7 days: explore jungles, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica - Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2019

We had a great family spring break adventure vacation in Costa Rica. Yenyi was instrumental in planning all details from hotels, excursions, transfers between citis and local restaurant recommendations. Kids really enjoyed the hotels and excursions in:
> La Fortuna (Arenal) - hotsprings and coffee and waterfall tour
> Monteverde - nocturnal animal tour and hanging bridges and zip line
> Manuel Antonio - catamaran and snorkeling tour
with all the upfront planning and detailed itinerary, all... read more

We had a great family spring break adventure vacation in Costa Rica. Yenyi was instrumental in planning all details from hotels, excursions, transfers between citis and local restaurant recommendations. Kids really enjoyed the hotels and excursions in:
> La Fortuna (Arenal) - hotsprings and coffee and waterfall tour
> Monteverde - nocturnal animal tour and hanging bridges and zip line
> Manuel Antonio - catamaran and snorkeling tour
with all the upfront planning and detailed itinerary, all we had to do was show-up and follow the plan. Great way to enjoy the vacation and not worry about the logistics.

We will definitely work with Yenyi and the KimKim Team to plan our next vacation soon.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thanks for the great review! Can't wait to help you with your next adventure with the family!

Kim

Trip to costa rica, Costa Rica - Apr 13 - Apr 20, 2019

We are so thrilled with our trip. The recommendations were exactly what we were looking for - from excursions to hotel choices. Corresponding with Sofia was easy, quick and she was very knowledgeable. We will definitely book with KimKim again. Thank you!

Trip to costa rica, Costa Rica - Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2019

The trip was marvelous. Yenyi was very responsive, attentive and made a real effort to understand what we were looking for and arrange it for us.
Our particular favorites were the all day ride through the countryside around Monteverde with Horse Trek Monteverde. Flavio, who rode with us, was friendly and informative and pleasure to spend the day with. The owner, Marvin, was very generous in showing us the stable and his horses at the beginning of the day. He is a skilled, knowledgeable,... read more

The trip was marvelous. Yenyi was very responsive, attentive and made a real effort to understand what we were looking for and arrange it for us.
Our particular favorites were the all day ride through the countryside around Monteverde with Horse Trek Monteverde. Flavio, who rode with us, was friendly and informative and pleasure to spend the day with. The owner, Marvin, was very generous in showing us the stable and his horses at the beginning of the day. He is a skilled, knowledgeable, passionate, charismatic horseman and was incredibly fun to talk to. And, the country side was magnificent!
Another highlight was a rafting trip in the tenerio area which was super fun with a great guide.
With one small exception which was quickly remedied, all of the plans and pick ups worked perfectly.
Thanks, Yenyi!

Cr , Costa Rica - Dec 25 - Jan 1, 2019

What an incredible first time ever experience with a travel agency and to luck upon Kimkim and Yenyi in particular was a real dream come true. Yenyi was available 24:7; was incredibly resourceful and pleasant all at the same time. Her ideas and creativity made our excursion to Costa Rica an incredible vacation. It's not easy traveling with almost grown children but Yenyi made suggestions (including separate rooms) and fun activities like rafting into and out of an eco lodge one of the best... read more

What an incredible first time ever experience with a travel agency and to luck upon Kimkim and Yenyi in particular was a real dream come true. Yenyi was available 24:7; was incredibly resourceful and pleasant all at the same time. Her ideas and creativity made our excursion to Costa Rica an incredible vacation. It's not easy traveling with almost grown children but Yenyi made suggestions (including separate rooms) and fun activities like rafting into and out of an eco lodge one of the best family experiences ever. She and Kimkim are the true dream makers. Thank you Yenyi (and Kim Kim) we won't travel anywhere without you!

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thanks for your kind words! We look forward to helping you with your next vacation!

Costa rica adventure: whitewater, beaches & volcanos - 12 days, Costa Rica - Dec 17 - Dec 28, 2018

Trip was 12 days (month of March) for a family of four including two teenage girls. We flew in and out of Liberia and spent time in Rio Celeste, La Fortuna/Arenal, Monte Verde, Nosara and then just north of Tamarindo. Yenyi was fantastic in helping to plan the itinerary and activities from the beginning to the very end with a wonderful attention to detail. It was an interactive process and Yenyi's patience, resourcefulness and willing to answer or investigate all o four questions was a... read more

Trip was 12 days (month of March) for a family of four including two teenage girls. We flew in and out of Liberia and spent time in Rio Celeste, La Fortuna/Arenal, Monte Verde, Nosara and then just north of Tamarindo. Yenyi was fantastic in helping to plan the itinerary and activities from the beginning to the very end with a wonderful attention to detail. It was an interactive process and Yenyi's patience, resourcefulness and willing to answer or investigate all o four questions was a wonderful asset. Our family trip was an activity packed adventure by choice that included hiking, swimming, waterfalls, rainforest, volcanoes, zip lining, jet skis, canopy bridges, white water rafting, surfing, fishing and driving Costa Rica's roads the entire way (SUV w/ 4WD required). A truly fantastic and memorable experience with most activities organized by Desafio - a first class company whose guides and staff were wonderful to interact with - highly recommend both Desafio and kimkim for planning your next visit to CR.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thanks for trusting us with your trip. Let us know the next time you are traveling anywhere in the world, and we would be happy to help you with your trip planning.

5-days in costa rica : 5 unique trip itineraries, Costa Rica - Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2019

Except one Hotel, all Hotels we stayed at were below average, I imagine that is because we booked only 6 to 8 weeks before the trip(?).

All adventure trips that were booked were very good.

In some places, reservations were made in local specialist name and the vendors had a tough time looking up the customer's name and only to realize it is in the travel specialist name.

Overall, Costa Rica experience was above average.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Venu,

Sorry to hear that the hotels you stayed in were below average. Unfortunately, given that we only had a few weeks to book your hotels, for Christmas, which is the busiest times in Costa Rica, those hotels were our only options to make your trip happen.

Thanks for your great feedback on the adventure trips, and I am glad that we were able to help you make the Costa Rica Christmas vacation a reality.

Best,
Yenyi

Costa rica family vacation - 6-day itinerary, Costa Rica - Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2018

Yenyi was patient as we went through multiple iterations of the itinerary to settle on one that included something for everyone in the family.

Costa rica as a country is a must visit.

Pros: very friendly people , the food is a gastronomic delight , attractions are breathtaking, the place is squeaky clean and yes you can drink tap water !

Cons: Knowing spanish is a huge plus, It's about 30-40% more expensive than neighbours(Mexico, Cuba etc) but well worth it.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

I am super happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with the family to Costa Rica. Next time you are looking to travel anywhere in the world, we would be happy to help.

Happy holidays!

Best,
Yenyi