Costa Rica Adventure: Hacienda La Chimba near San Jose, Costa Rica
Updated: Mar 23, 2021
I love experiencing and learning about the nature, culture, and economy of Costa Rica! So, when I learned about Hacienda La Chimba from my Airbnb Host in Escazu, Costa Rica, I knew I wanted to visit right away!
Hacienda La Chimba is a culture activity to immerse in yourself in any of the four activities (or all of them) including the Mantra Trails, Coffee Experience, Zip-lining, and Ropes Courses.
I initially thought I would visit the Mantra Trails alone, and ended up being surprised with the colonial and cultural coffee experience as well!
If you are visiting San Jose, Costa Rica, or nearby, Hacienda La Chimba is one Costa Rica Adventures you don't want to miss!
Hacienda La Chimba in Santa Ana, Costa Rica
A Costa Rican family in combination with a foundation and investors decided to create the experience with nature, culture and adventure about five years ago. Hacienda La Chimba opened September 2020 with four experiences including the Mantra Trials, Coffee Experience, Zip-lining and Ropes Courses.
Whether you are traveling solo, with friends, or looking for a team-building experience immersed in culture and nature, you will love Hacienda La Chimba!
I ended up hiking the Mantra Trails, having breakfast at Restaurant La Burro, and experiencing the Coffee and Cultural Experience! I started the trail at 7:50 am and arrived at La Mano at 9:50 am including two stops and a steady pace allowing for pictures and videos.
Hacienda La Chimba is located in Santa Ana, Costa Rica about 20-30 minutes from Escazu. Costa Rica and/or San Jose, Costa Rica depending on traffic.
If you plan on hiking the Mantra Trails and doing the coffee experience, and/or the zip-lining and ropes courses, I and they recommend you go early in the morning. The trails do not have much shade, and it gets warmer around 11 am or sooner.
For the trails, a reservation is currently not required. However, for the coffee tour, zip-lining, and ropes courses it is recommended / required especially during the weekends. You may find out more information on pricing and promotions via the Hacienda La Chimba Facebook and Instagram pages.
In addition, you may contact via messenger and/or What's App, to set up reservations.
The minimum age for children is 7 years old for safety and legalities.
If you are taking Uber like I did, enter Hacienda Beneficio La Chimba for your destination.
What to Wear to Hacienda La Chimba
Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. My first time visiting I thought it would be okay to wear my rubber sandals - no go! Due to safety and insurance requirements, I got to come back with jeans and hiking shoes.
On the hike, there are steep uphill and downhill portions, and you will be more than happy you wore hiking shoes!
La Mantra Trails Hike
The Mantra Trails hike to La Mano is about 6 km. You have an option to do the extended hike for about 9 km. The minimum age is 7 years old, with advisories for those over 55 years of age. Depending on your hiking experiences and physical fitness, the hike is moderate to strenuous at certain points with steep uphills and downhills.
If you are in relatively good and/or great shape, the hike each way will likely take you about 1-1 1/2 hours each way. My hike took me right at two hours total.
I would recommend you go around 7-8 am to start, followed by breakfast, possibly zip-lining, ropes courses, and/or the Coffee and Cultural Experience. Alternatively, you could spend the entire day at Hacienda La Chimba including Lunch, and save the Coffee and Cultural Experience for Sunset.
Coffee and Cultural Experience
The Coffee and Cultural experience is amazing! I did the experience at 11 am with Hector learning about Costa Rican independence in 1821, and the first Coffee plantations in 1808. We experienced coffee planation homes, and examples of a well to do Costa Rican family home.
I learned about the Coffee making process and production from the planting to the bean to the harvest to exporting in a beautiful cultural colonial setting. Not only that, but I smelled and tasted the incredible coffee every step of the way!