Playa Del Carmen ATV Tour
…taking the modern-day Tarzan tour…Ever since my first college vacation I’ve been obsessed with riding an ATV.
There wasn’t much opportunity when I was in the States. Driving an ATV through a downtown neighborhood just makes you look like an obnoxious fool – and could easily land a person in jail!
So when I got to Playa del Carmen I was obsessed with going on ATV tours.
Every few days I was roaring through the jungle.
I even fell off and tumbled into a tree, but we won’t say anything more about that embarrassing incident. Could’ve died – didn’t.
There are many different ATV tours to choose from, and if the tour companies did loyalty cards I’d be due a free trip.
But enough about me.
What is THE BEST ATV activity in the area?
My dear visitors, as you know I go through hell and back in order to find the best activities and tours for you in and around the city.
It’s not always easy. It takes a lot of time. In addition, when it comes to ATV tours, it’s important that you choose the right one.
The best combination is to find an ATV activity that includes transportation, a load of fun, and a proven track record of safety.
Believe me–you don’t want to have an accident and end up in the hospital in Mexico. The hospitals are quite different here than they are up north.
Consequently, when I decided to find the best ATV tour in the Playa Del Carmen area, I talked to one of my good friends and associates.
I’m going to introduce you to him here. If you fill out the form below, he can help you find exactly what you’re looking for:
What can you expect on an ATV tour in Playa del Carmen?
The big highlight of an ATV tour is the different landscapes you’re going to drive through and the things you will get to see and do.
A typical Playa Del Carmen ATV tour might proceed like this:
- Pickup – A driver will pick you up at your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will be driven to the activity location.
- Safety Briefing – Your tour guide will introduce you to both the safety regulations and suggestions. They will also show you how to use the ATVs.
- ATV Ride – You will ride the ATV use to a specific destinat. This may be a snorkeling destination, a cenote, or a ziplining location.
- Secondary Activity Introduction – You will be introduced to the second activity. At this point you will receive any instructions, equipment, and safety guidelines for the second activity.
- Secondary Activity Participation – You will have an hour or two to participate in the second activity. As mentioned above, this is most likely snorkeling, swimming, or zip lining.
- ATV Ride – At this point you will have the opportunity to ride your ATV for the second time. You will ride either the same or a different trail back to the original sister location.
- Lunch – You will be served a light lunch with drinks. There may be the possibility for purchasing alcoholic beverages.you will usually also have the opportunity to purchase photos that were taken by photographers on the sides of the trails that you rode on.
- Good-byes / Tips/ Reviews – At this point, your ATV tour guides will say goodbye. They will also let you know that they happily welcome tips. Finally, they will ask for a tour review (sometimes written; sometimes online).
Although every ATV tour is slightly different, this is approximately what you should expect.
It may seem mundane or routine. However, speeding through winding jungle paths and racing over large stretches of virgin sand is far from boring.
And you will likely see some strange creatures along the way–
Like exotic animals, strange spiders, and weird plants that come straight from a science fiction movie.
Most tours are 2-4 hours long and cover these driving and activity highlights.
So there’s more than enough time to enjoy the entire experience.
Where Will I Go On The ATV Tour?
When picking an ATV tour the question you must answer is what do you want to discover.
An ATV tour isn’t just about driving around, it’s all about finding some of the unseen treasures of Playa del Carmen.
A typical Playa Del Carmen tour includes ATVs and one of the following:
- Cenote Swim – A cenote is a sinkhole that has been filled with water. Usually the water is filled by an underground river directly below the actual hole itself. cenotes are absolutely amazing. The water is crystal clear, and they are teaming with wildlife. Don’t worry because none of it is dangerous. More often than not, they are accidentally found in a unexpected location and then developed by private landowners and turned into parks.even if you don’t take an ATV tour, make sure you check on at least one of the cenotes in the area because they are very unique and cannot be found at most vacation destinations.
- Snorkeling – The Playa Del Carmen area is completely surrounded by water. Of course, most people are familiar with the surrounding Caribbean Sea. However, what many people don’t realize is that there is a diverse underground river system spanning the entire area. If you go snorkeling during your ATV tour, you will either explore the Caribbean Sea or one of the openings to the underground river system. Either way, you will likely find it fascinating.
- Ziplining – Because the jungle here is so dense, the best way to see it is from a higher vantage point. This is exactly what zip lining is all about. Ziplining is both exhilarating and educational. While ziplining, you will get to see the canopy of the forest in a way that you could never see from the ground.
- Mayan Ruins – Long before the Spanish conquistadors came to Mexico, the Mayans lived peacefully in the Playa Del Carmen area. They left a vast number of ruins behind before abandoning those ruins for unknown reasons. During some of the Playa Del Carmen ATV tours oh, you will have a chance to visit and explore some of the ancient Mayan ruins that were left over from centuries ago.
Thus, when you were making a decision about which Playa Del Carmen ATV tour you want to participate in, consider the options above.
How about exploring some hidden caves or climbing up ancient Mayan ruins that few people know about.
Or coming to a clearing in the jungle where you can swim in the crystal water of a 60-foot deep cenote.
Sticking with the water theme, some ATV tours take you to coral reefs and tropical snorkeling.
Hopefully you’ll also spot some spider monkeys playing around in the trees above the path.
Fill out the form above and someone will get back to you ASAP in order to lay out the options for your ATV tour.
I Think I’m A Race Car Driver. Are The ATV’s Going To Be Fast Enough For Me?
Some people want to drive at 100 mph.
While others don’t dare accelerate much above walking pace.
Most tour companies try to accommodate both faster and slower riders–
So the fast people don’t get bored…and the slow people don’t get scared.
The sections of jungle can be tricky and will put your new-found ATV driving skills to the test.
Jungle ATV’s are one of Playa Del Carmen’s number one rated toursfor two reasons: there’s a lot of adventure, but also some bits of adrenalin.
What Else Can I Do On An ATV Tour?
As I mentioned above, most Playa Del Carmen ATV tour companies combine the ATV ride with another activity.
In particular I like to combine it with a snorkel at one of the hidden reefs.
The ATV itself is nothing more than a transportation tool to help you discover places in the jungle that you otherwise would not.
So why not take advantage of what is on offer.
So on the beach that means swimming with turtles.
But in the jungle that can be zip lining through the trees like one of those spider monkeys.
What Do I Need To Bring On An ATV Tour?
Now, if you’ve got the driving inability of someone like me then it’s good to have a stock of plasters in your pocket.
Only joking, you’re probably only going to come off when you try and accelerate like a drag racer.
There’s really not much you need to bring other than a bit of common sense.
But if you insist, here are a few suggestions:
- Walking Shoes – There may be a fair amount of walking during your Playa Del Carmen ATV tour, so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes. I would also suggest wearing some shoes that fit tightly. The last thing that you want is your shoes falling off while riding in the mud on an ATV.
- Sunscreen Lotion – Even though you will spend most of your time under the jungle canopy, The sun Burns quite quickly here. Make sure you apply some sunscreen lotion before embarking on one of these tours. If you don’t, you will regret it the next day. Trust me on this one.
- Swimsuit / Bikini (NO “BURKINIS” ALLOWED) – If your Playa Del Carmen ATV tour includes anything to do with the water, make sure that you bring your swimsuit or bikini so that you can enjoy every aspect of this activity.
- Water Shoes – Twenty years ago, nobody had ever heard of water shoes. Now they are not only popular, but almost a necessity. If you have some, bring them if your ATV tour includes snorkeling or cenote swimming.
- Cash – You should always carry some extra extra cash on you. This may be for buying some sort of premium beverages, purchasing photographs at the end of the tour, or simply as an emergency backup. Either way, it never hurts to have some money with you.
- Camera /Cell phone – Although there will probably be several photographers snapping photos throughout your tour (in order to sell them to you at the end), bringing a camera or cell phone is never a bad idea. Just make sure that you can stow it away in a safe location while riding your ATV.
I once forgot the most important thing and boy did I pay for it–
The other snorkelers thought I was one of the deep-sea attractions–a giant lobster!
How Much Does An ATV Tour Cost In Playa Del Carmen?
A wild ride through the Mayan jungle is much cheaper than you might expect.
If you’re riding double then a two-hour trip will cost around $50-70 USD.
Single riders MAY have to pay an extra $10-20 USD.
Longer tours are obviously more expensive.
Probably around $110 USD for a combined snorkeling and ATV trip.
But it’s worth the extra $$$.
FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM ABOVE TO FIND OUT YOUR OPTIONS.
Who Offers These Trips?
I’ve been on ATV tours with a few different companies and it’s hard to recommend one over the others.
They each offer something slightly different, whether that’s a unique tour or a unique ATV.
It all depends on what you want to do IN ADDITION TO riding the ATVs.
All the companies offer pick ups and drop offs from your hotel so no need to start your journey on foot.
And they all have good guides – and most importantly, good helmets.
What are you waiting for?
Get on an ATV tour, and if you see someone fall off and crash into a tree then you’ve likely found me.
I will see you in the jungle soon!
Lots of love,
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