Whether you are an experienced driver or have never even touched an ATV before. Our adventure tours in Playa del Carmen will make you have a fun time! We offer two driving options. Find out which one is best for you!
Here at Wheelie Trails ATV Adventure Tours in Playa del Carmen we want you to have the best experience and of course a lot of fun! For both our ATV jungle explorer tour and our ATV jungle & underground cenote tour you get to choose if you would like to drive your own ATV or if you would like to share your ride with a friend or partner. We call them single rider or double rider ATVs.
Single Rider ATV
Single rider refers of course to one person driving the quad bike. To us this is the most fun way because you get to control your vehicle at all times. Especially if you are an experienced driver you will want to book a single rider ATV. Even if you are a beginner’s or first time driver this might still be a great option for you because you’ll have more space on the 4wd bike and as we’ve mentioned before they all have automatic transmission and are easy to drive.
Double Rider ATV
Option number two is the double rider ATV where you team up and share your ride with a buddy. Remember, all our tours are private and we only leave in small groups. So, if you’d like to go on a shared ride please make sure to bring your buddy 😉
The double rider option is great if you are unsure about driving your own ATV or if you’d like to drive for a shorter amount of time. You’ll be able to switch half way, so everyone gets their turn driving. If you aren’t driving you just grab on to your buddy, enjoy the ride and you can focus on the jungle and animals you might see along the way.
Conclusion: whichever option you choose you’ll have a fun adventure in Playa del Carmen!
An ATV tour is the best excursion in Playa del Carmen. To us that is anyways but all those 5-star-reviews won’t let us lie… Maybe you are worried because this is your first time driving an ATV. Worry no more, our ATVs all have automatic transmission and are a breeze to drive. Plus, with the below tips you will cruise your quad bike like a pro!
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, before each tour you will go through our safety protocol. Our guide will patiently explain you how the ATVs work so you are confident to start your excursion in Playa del Carmen and have some fun! Basically all you have to do is acelerate and brake. It’s really as easy as that!
The bikes are heavy and stearing may seem difficult at first. Though you really don’t need to push the handlbar too much for the vehicle to turn. The trick for it to be even easier is to lift your elbows up and away from your body. That way you can just lean in and steer the quad with your body weight instead of heaving to use your muscle power. If it feels good for you you might even stand up for some turns.
Another little but very helpful trick is how to acelerate. Yes you press on the acelerator and the ATV moves forwards (or backwards). If you do it with the tip of your thumb though, after a while it might get numb or you won’t have enough strenghts to continuously acelerate. No worries we will make brakes during the tour so you can rest your thumb. We recommend you to move your thumb a bit forward and acelerate with your thumb joint. You’ll see it’s a lot easier and feel more in control of the acelerator.
What do you think of these tips and tricks? Do you have any additional ones you can share?
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.
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?
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!