5 Must do activities in Playa del Carmen in 2019 (besides beach and Mayan ruins)

You are looking for things to do in Playa del Carmen and probably have been to the beach and Mayan ruins already. Here’s our top 5 list of outdoor activities in Playa del Carmen:

  1. Swim in a Cenote
  2. Visit a limestone cave
  3. Do a jungle tour
  4. See local wildlife
  5. Off-road ATV driving

It’s not a coincidence that we have combined all our favorite activities in one tour! That’s right, you can enjoy all of the above mentioned activities on Wheelie Trails’ ATV adventure tour. That’s great news if you have only a few days left or would like to make the most of your vacation in Playa del Carmen.

Off-road ATV driving

Our ATV tour starts in Playa del Carmen. We are located only a short 10-15 minute drive from most downtown hotels and the Playacar area. We will take you on our ATVs out of town onto unspoiled jungle trails, where you get to see the local jungle at its best.

ATV driving on jungle trails
ATV driving on off-road jungle trails.

See local wildlife

If you are lucky you might also be able to see local wildlife. This is not a zoo but actual animals that live in the jungle! While driving our ATVs through the jungle we’ve seen monkeys, coatís, wild boars, snakes, spiders, birds, lots of beautiful butterflies and other interesting insects…

Striped grass hoppers in the jungle
Striped grass hoppers

Do a jungle tour

Our guide is very knowledgeable about local fauna, flora and Mayan culture. They are always happy to point out interesting details and answer all your questions. Remember, our tour is private, so what ever part of the tour interests you the most is what we will focus on.

Visit a limestone cave

Once you have explored the jungle trails, you will arrive at the limestone cave with an underground cenote. This is a truly magical place. No wonder these caves are considered sacred by the Mayan people. Once you are equipped with all the necessary gear (helmets with flash lights, life vests, water shoes) we are ready for our decent into the cave. Be prepared to marvel at the incredible rock formations and the unreal reflections of the crystal clear water.

Person marveling at the rock formations in the limestone cave.
The wonders of a limestone cave with cenote.

Swim in a Cenote

After a refreshing dip in the cenote waters we are off again on our ATVs and back through the jungle trails to our starting point in Playa de Carmen.

Total time of the tour is 3.5 hours. We are a small local tour company and it is very important for us to focus on a private quality experience. You’ll be away from tourist masses and enjoy this special off the beaten path adventure. Click here to book now.

Meet Zazil on your ATV tour…

Our ATV tour and off-road trails in Playa del Carmen are our passion but we also love nature!

Palm tree right ouside the wheelie trail ATV jungle adventure office.
Coconut palmtree right outside our office.

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!

ATV jungle tour little pigeon outside the office in Playa del Carmen
Zazil just a few days old…

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.

pigeon on a tree outside of ATV adventure office

Welcome to the Jungle!

quad excursion driving through the jungle

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

ATV Jungle Explorer Tour

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 you 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. Plus our tours are private. No need to worry about a dozen other drivers. We’ll go as fast (or slow) as you feel comfortable with.

ATV Jungle & Cenote Tour

If you are looking for a combined activity we also offer the ATV Jungle & Cenote tour. You will again drive through the jungle and you’ll also 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.

What are you waiting for? Book your ATV tour now!