Welcome to Wheelie Trail’s ATV tour! Get away from the tourist crowds in Playa del Carmen. Join our quad excursion and experience this unique off the beaten path adventure in Riviera Maya.
We offer a private quad excursion and an unforgettable visit to a pristine underground Cenote. Our reviews don’t lie: this is the best ATV tour in town!
We offer two types of ATV tour experiences in the Riviera Maya. Both will take you into the local jungle just 10 minutes outside of Playa del Carmen:
ATV Jungle Explorer ATV Jungle & Cenote
Quad excursions rarely come alone. When you look for an off-road tour in Playa del Carmen you’ll soon find that tour companies typically combine them with other activities. For example ziplining, swimming or snorkeling, etc. Beware, there are many companies where you drive your ATV in huge groups and will not be able to drive at your pace.
We are actually the only company in the Mayan Riviera that offers ATV driving as a “stand-alone” activity. So, if you are looking for an excursion that only involves quad driving in the jungle, look no further! The ATV Jungle Explorer is for you.
If you are looking for a combined activity we also offer the ATV Jungle & Cenote tour. You will see the wonders of an amazing local underground cenote and take a refreshing dip before you hop on your quad again.
Which ever option you prefer for your ATV adventure remember that all our tours are guided and private. Our guide will take care of you so you can drive at the pace you are comfortable with. Plus, he shows you the best paths through the jungle to fit your skills. Our quad excursion is a fun activity for advanced drivers and beginners. Families, couples and small groups love the private and personalized experience.
Our ATV tour and off-road trails in Playa del Carmen are our passion but we also love nature!
It makes sense! Our ATV tour takes us out of downtown Playa del Carmen and into the jungle. We were very excited when we discovered a birdsnest. It’s right in the coconut tree right outside of the new Wheelie Trails ATV Adventure office in the Bellavista area in Playa del Carmen. We where even more excited when a little baby bird hatched a few weeks ago!
We figured it was a baby pigeon and kept an eye out for it every day. Watching it grow ever so quickly is quite fun. It’s amazing how fast these little creatures grow up.
We named her Zazil which is Mayan for “sunrise”, “light” or “clarity”. A beautiful local name we think, that honors the Mayan heritage. During our quad excursions our guide loves to explain a bit more about Mayan culture, language and customs. Many people think Mayan culture is extinct like other ancient civilizations. It’s actually still very much alive in the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan peninsual and needs preserving. Something we are all for and want to promote. So, that’s why we called this little pigeon Zazil. Besides ,we think it’s a pretty cool name. 😉
Zazil made her first flight attempts last week. At first carefully going back and forth near by branches and cables. Now she’s able to come down from the tree to get some breadcrumbs (which we left for her) and fly back up…
Soon she’ll be off on her own adventures… Meet Zazil before or after you take our ATV tour here in Playa del Carmen. 😎🕊 She’s one of the many animals you might get to see on your 4WD jungle tour. Spoiler alert: coatis, monkeys, iguanas, and other native animals which live in the jungle… But more about that in another post.
So you are on vacation in Playa del Carmen or in the Mayan Riviera. The skies are cloudy and it’s raining on and off. This happens sometimes, especially during the months of July through October which is considered “rainy season”. Look no further we have a fun rainy day activity in Playa del Carmen for you.
Most watersports, amusement parks and excursions are weather dependant and will be cancelled if it rains. So, unless you like to sit around and play bingo in the lobby bar, you are probably looking for a rainy day activity in Playa del Carmen…
If there only was an activity that’s fun and that you can still do in the rain…
Well, look no further! Our ATV adventures take place even on a rainy day and if you are not scared to get wet, this is the best option for you. If at all possible we think the quad excursions are even more fun in the rain!
Rain coat optional ☔😎
You see, the dirt roads in the jungle will form puddles and you can either cautiously drive around them …or rush full speed through them… 💦🏎
Regular maintenance of our ATVs is an important part of our job. That’s why you are able to enjoy your 4wd activity in Playa del Carmen without any worries. We always make sure your ride is in top conditions!
We offer a top notch 4wd activity in Playa del Carmen and conditions of our vehicles are paramount for a safe ride. Our mechanic is very skilled and can repair just about anything and if there is no repair work to be done he is looking for ways to improve things around here. But more about that in another post…
Last week we spent some time at our shop replacing the stator of one of our quad bikes. The ATV wouldn’t start and we soon saw why when we opened it up. Three of the stator coils were burnt…
Wear and tear is quite strong in the area because of the tropical climate and heavy duty of our daily tours. Luckily our mechanic is onto everything. Getting spare parts can also be a challenge as many part need to be shipped from other parts in Mexico or even imported from the US. We always try to have a decent amount of stock of the most common parts. We also have relationships with local and international dealers, so we don’t have to wait too long for replacements.
Luckily we had a replacement in stock and it didn’t take our mechanic long to replace the part. Then we reassemble and we try if the ATV starts…
… and it did! 🙌🙌🏎😎
We are ready for your ATV adventure in Riviera Maya! Are you?
Families can have ATV fun too! Our tours are actually a great family activity in Playa del Carmen.
You need to be at least 16 years old to ride your own ATV. Small kids are able to ride as passengers on an ATV. This makes the quad excursion a great family activity in Playa del Carmen. As long as your kids are able to hold on firmly to the ATV and/or driver without any help they can ride as a passenger without a Problem.
Depending on how tall the kid is, they can go in front of the driver or at the back. This is to make sure the driver’s view of the road is not obstructed. Since our ATV tours are all private tours we are able to adapt to your pace. We always make sure everyone in your group has fun and enjoys the ride…
Your little ones will love the ride through the jungle and to explore the cenote and cave! This is such a unique and beautiful experience that your children will be talking about long after your vacation!
Keep in mind that safety is key for our quad excursions, which is why we only leave in private tours. It’ll be just you, our guide and nature along the way. We adapt the pace of your tour individually and you’ll drive as slow or fast as you feel comfortable with.
We also have all the gear for kids as well. From helmets, bandanas to life vests for the cenote, everything is taken care of!
Our quad excursion explores the Mayan Riviera but not before taking us through our local Playa del Carmen neighborhood. Our neighborhood is called “Bellavista” and is a quiet residential area with small restaurants, shops and lots of trees along the way.
Bellavista means “beautiful view”. You can be the judge of that on your quad excursion in the Mayan Riviera 🙂 There are also many trees and blooms along the way mingled with bigger and smaller houses.
Along the way you might also get a glimps of what life is like. On the below picture for example our quad riders pass by a big red water truck which delivers water cans to residential houses.
Tap water is not drinkable in the area, so these trucks drive through the neighborhoods every day selling big 25 litre water cans. You can’t miss them as they have a very distinctive way of shouting their respective water brand name outside of each house. They will exchange your empty cans for full ones. Each 6.6-gallon-can costs roughtly $1.7 USD. In each home you’ll typically find a water dispenser so that there is cool drinking water readily at hand.
After a short 10 minute drive you be out of paved roads and into the jungle to exprience the Mayan Riviera at its best. These are just some of the daily routines of locals that you might get to observe on your ATV tour. Playa del Carmen is a rapidly growing town in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. The area has a very international flair as people come to work in tourism from all over the country and all over the world!
We make it a point to always go through our safety protocol before leaving on an ATV tour. This way we make sure that our participants feel comfortable and confident driving their 4WD. ✌️🏎🌴☀️
To make your 4WD experience an enjoyable and safe one, we provide helmets, bandanas to protect your mouth and warning jackets to make you more visible to traffic. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Also bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust and bugs along the way.
If you have booked the Jungle & Cenote ATV tour also don’t forget your swim wear. You can either put them on already or there are (very rustic) changing facilities in the jungle before you enter the cave system.
When you drive your 4WD, your guide won’t be able to talk to you. So, they will communicate with you through a series of easy to memorize hand signals… 👆🖖👌🤘
These hand signals will be explained to you before you leave. In case you have more than one ATV driving in your tour you will be asked to repeat the guide’s hand signals for the drivers behind you.
You will only drive a very short amount of time on paved roads where traffic rules apply. Our guide will look out for you and wait at every turn to keep the group together.
We moved a few weeks ago. Same awesome ATV jungle tour, different starting point. Our new Wheelie Trails headquater is now located in the “Bella Vista” neighborhood in Playa del Carmen.
We are just a few minutes by taxi from Playacar and most downtown hotels away. Plus we now also offer hotel pick-up which is free for small groups of 1-4 people within Playa del Carmen. For larger groups pick-up price varies between USD 5-20 per person. This will depend on your group size and location of your hotel in Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya. Let us know where you are staying and we are happy to quote transportation for your ATV jungle tour. We also have free parking space in case you arrive by car.
Our new location has the great advantage that we are closer to the jungle trails which cuts down the time you drive your quad on the road considerably and gives us more time to be on the fun off-road jungle trails. Also crossing highway 307, which not all participants felt completely comfortable, is no longer needed.
We are very happy with our new shop which is located in a very quiet residential area. Keep in mind that our tours are by appointment only, book at least 24 hours ahead of time. Especially for last minute bookings please call us before you make your way to our shop. While our team is out on a tour the shop is closed and we want to make sure you don’t make the trip in vain. You can also easily reach us by whatsapp messaging.