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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

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 Costa Rican motto - Pura Vida!

Howler monkeys in a Costa Rica rainforest.
Highlights of Costa Rica Wildlife - 12 Days

This itinerary is specifically tuned for wildlife lovers. Expect to get up early and stay out late to see monkeys, lizards, birds, insects and other spectacular fauna that inhabit the virgin rainforest, cloud forest and swampy estuaries covered here. The trip begins with a southwest journey from San José to Parque Nacional Corcovado (Corcovado National Park) before continuing northwest along the Pacific coast. Next head inland to Monteverde for birdwatching and spotting wildlife in the unique eco-system of the cloud forest.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy "pura vida".

The Guanacaste region on the Pacific Coast is known for its arid landscape and beautiful beaches
Relaxed Costa Rica Family Adventure - 10 Days

Costa Rica is a favorite destination for all ages. This 10-day adventure allows your family to experience the highlights of the country from the towering Arenal Volcano, to the spectacular, remote beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from sampling locally produced chocolate, to zip lining through the trees, to surf lessons in the Pacific.

Sunset on the beach
Classic Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature, beaches, and adventure activities. It covers all of Costa Rica's highlights, starting at the famous Arenal Volcano. From there, on to the Gulf of Papagayo on the northern Pacific coast. It's the perfect spot to snorkel and take a sunset sailing cruise. Then, you'll venture into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde—spot rare birds, partake in a zip-line canopy tour, and embark on a nocturnal wildlife excursion. End your trip with hiking and beach time in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Recent trip reviews for Yenyi

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

Traveler: Denise M. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

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!

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

Traveler: Paul M. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

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.

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

Traveler: Venu B. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

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.

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

Traveler: Shiva N. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

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.

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