Private tours in Playa del Carmen

You want to look for private tours in Playa del Carmen. This is how you make the most of your stay and get the best value experience during your vacation!

Excursions away from the masses

Mass vs. private tours in Playa del Carmen, that’s the big question. Mexico is a very touristy place and pretty much all of the tours offered in your hotel lobby take you on big busses to very crowded places. Don’t get us wrong, we believe this attests to the beauty and popularity of the places. Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza and Tulum are incredible places. The parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha are amazingly well organized and a lot of fun. Also, booking a tour from the comfort of your hotel lobby has also its advantages.

If you are a true traveller and don’t want to be just another tourist, you might feel a bit out of place though. Maybe you are wondering if there are even still off-the-beaten-path activities left in Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera.

The good news is that YES, the personalized, private, off-the-beaten-track experience still exists. Especially in Playa del Carmen, where tourism has been perfected by the big tour companies, a niche for small tour companies still exists and is what you should be looking for.

private tours in Playa del Carmen, ATV driving couple
Private ATV tour near Playa del Carmen

How to get away from the masses

One option is to organize your own excursion. You can easily rent a car or hop on the bus and visit almost any tourist attraction in the area on your own. This option is not just for the brave, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get around.

You may say, ok, I can rent a car but eventually I will still catch up again with everyone else at the attraction. Well, not if you have your timing right! Most tours arrive at the ruins around 11am or noon. The trick is to get there early when the attraction opens or later before closing time. This is when you’ll be able to enjoy the places the most.

Book small local tour companies

There are a number of small local tour companies (like us) which don’t work with the big tour operators but rather focus on a quality experience. Not only will you help support local economy you will also enjoy yourself a lot more. Plus, you’ll be surprised to find that it won’t break your bank.

Make sure to do your research and look at the company or activity carefully before you give them your money. The best way is of course to look at their online reviews on Tripadvisor or Google and read about other traveller’s experience with the company.

Enjoy the ride!

We are confident that by following these few simple tips you’ll have a great time during your vacation. We hope of course you decide to book our ATV tour, but really there are so many things to do and see in the area you’ll have to be back to do them all. Trust us on this one 😉

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

Local life…

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.

quad excursion Mayan Riviera
Bellavista neighbourhood – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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.

Quad excursion Mayan Riviera
Local truck delivering water gallons.

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!

Don’t miss out on this off-road adventure! Book your tour today and pay the day off. See more information about the tour here.

Our new shop

ATVs parked in front of the shop and ready for the next ATV jungle tour

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.

When will we see you?

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!