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The Best ATV Tours in Playa del Carmen

November 25, 2021 0 Comments
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Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya region is home to enormous stretches of Mayan rainforest, miles of pristine white sand beaches, and thrilling jungle trails, making it the perfect place for riding ATVs.

As a Playa del Carmen local, I’ve had the chance to experience some adrenaline pumping ATV tours and activities.  If you’re looking for adventure in Playa del Carmen, read on to discover the best ATV tours in Playa del Carmen you won’t want to miss.

ATV Playa del Carmen

About ATV Tours Playa del Carmen

What is the terrain like in Playa del Carmen?

The terrain in Playa del Carmen consists of Mayan jungle but is mostly flat.  In this part of Mexico, you won’t find mountains or a lot of elevated terrain. Instead, you’ll get to ride through rainforest-like tropical settings, jungle trails, and near caverns and cenotes.

Where can you ride ATVs in Playa del Carmen?

In Playa del Carmen, you can primarily ride ATVs in the jungle area or at adventure parks.  While the Riviera Maya is known for its incredible beaches, you unfortunately won’t be able to ride ATVs directly on the beach as they are protected areas for sea turtles.

What are Playa del Carmen ATV tours like?

Also known as jungle buggy tours, most Playa del Carmen ATV tours are usually all-inclusive experiences that begin with hotel pickup, and then you’ll be transported to an eco-park or jungle area to begin your ride.

You can choose to ride individually or in tandem with a friend through the gorgeous Yucatan rainforest, where you may get to see a variety of jungle wildlife such as spider monkeys, coatis, tarantulas, and various Caribbean birds.

It’s also common for ATV tours to include other adventurous activities such as ziplining, horseback riding, snorkeling, or a cenote swim.

Playa del Carmen ATVs
Photo Courtesy of Experiencias Xcaret

How old do you have to be to drive Playa del Carmen ATVs?

To drive an ATV, you must be at least 16 years old. Younger children can still ride as passengers, which makes the excursion a fantastic family activity.

As long as your child can hang on to the ATV and driver without assistance, they should be able to ride as a passenger without difficulty.

Depending on the height of the child and the type of ATV, they can sit in front of or behind the driver. This is to ensure that the driver’s view of the road is unobstructed.

How much do Playa del Carmen ATV jungle tours cost?

Playa del Carmen ATV excursions vary in price depending on the number of passengers and additional activities included.

For two riders per quad, ATV rides featuring zip lines and cenotes start at around $55 USD per person. Depending on the operator and activities included, the fee might range from $50-$150 USD per person.

ATVs Tours Playa del Carmen
Photo Courtesy of Experiencias Xcaret

What’s included in ATV tours?

There is a wide range of ATV tours available for every budget but typically they will include:

  • Roundtrip transportation with hotel pickup in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya
  • ATV riding experience
  • Helmets, goggles, and all necessary equipment
  • Admission fees
  • Basic insurance
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Bottled water

Depending on which tour you book, most will also include additional activities like ziplining, snorkeling, or a cenote swim.

Best ATV Tours in Playa del Carmen

Most of the ATV tours are combined with other adventure activities.  Here are some of the top rated ATV tours in Playa del Carmen:

Jungle Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

Operated by Playa del Carmen Jungle Buggy Tour, this small group ATV tour includes a swim in a cenote where you can see what the Mexican Jungle has to offer!

You’ll drive a 4×4 buggy across the Riviera Maya’s jungles for about 18 miles, then stop at a cenote for a swim and snorkeling break. Snacks, drinks, and transportation to and from hotels in Playa del Carmen are all included.

You can find more information and book online here.

Cenote Zapote

Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit

This Playa del Carmen buggy tour includes a swim in a cenote and a visit to a Mayan village. First, you will drive around Playa del Carmen and learn about the town’s non-touristy side. Three miles later, you’ll reach the forest, where you can enjoy the various jungle tracks.

You’ll then swim in one of the most magnificent underground cenotes known as Chaak Tun and visit a real Mayan village where you will interact with native Mayans. After a day of adventure and culture, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

You can find more information and book online here.

ATV Tour with Ziplines and Cenote Swim

This ATV tour with ziplines and a cenote swim will take you driving on a jungle road full of mud, stone climbs, descents, water, and a lot of fun! 

Hop onboard an ATV with your friends or family to discover the Mayan jungle, as well as a full zipline circuit and open cenote swim. With hotel pickup included, this tour is probably the best value for your money.

You can find more information and book online here.

Other Places to Ride ATVs near Playa del Carmen

Aside from booking a direct ATV tour in Playa del Carmen, you can also ride ATVs at a few of the adventure parks in Playa del Carmen, with the most popular ones operated by a company called Xcaret.

These adventure parks offer a full day adventure experience where you can participate in a variety of adrenaline pumping activities on land and in the water.

Xplor Adventure Park

The most notable adventure park to ride ATVs is at Xplor, an Xcaret park where you can zipline, swim through underwater caves, and ride all-terrain vehicles.

The ATVs of Xplor are known as amphibious vehicles and will take you on two separate circuits, each measuring 3 miles (5 kilometers). Hanging bridges, tiny roads, flooded caverns, and stunning views of the jungle await you along the journey.

You’ll be splashing your way through the tunnels, tackling steep slopes, and twisting and turning along the agile routes in John Deere amphibious vehicles, which you can do as many times as you want.

You can find more information and book your Xplor tickets online here.

Travelista Tip: For an after dark ATV experience, check out Xplor Fuego.
Xplor ATVs
Photo Courtesy of Experiencias Xcaret

Xavage Adventure Park

Xavage is another Xcaret adventure park offering the most daring activities in the air, on land, and in water, that will push you to your limits.

You won’t find traditional all terrain vehicles at Xavage, but rather monster trucks where you can brave a treacherous track with steep inclines, sharp turns, and oversized obstacles.

I personally visited Xavage and had to ride the monster trucks as a passenger because I was too freaked out to drive! It was totally nerve wracking but a lot of fun. Read more about my experience here.

You can find more information and book your Xavage tickets online here.

Travelista Tip: If you’re interested in visiting both Xplor and Xavage (or any other Xcaret park), you can save money by creating your own package here.
Xavage Monster Truck
Photo Courtesy of Experiencias Xcaret

Cenote Zapote Eco-Park

Another fun adventure park where you can ride ATVs is at Cenote Zapote, which is an eco-park located along the famous “Ruta de Cenotes” near Puerto Morelos.

At Cenote Zapote, you can ride ATVs along the jungle trails, as well as soar through five zipline circuits, and swim in three distinctly stunning cenotes. 

I visited Cenote Zapote with a few other bloggers and had such a fun time, which you can read all about here. What I love about Cenote Zapote is that it’s a more natural eco-park that is less well-known and not overly commercialized.

You can find more information and book your Cenote Zapote tickets online here.

Cenote Zapote Zipline

What to Bring on an ATV Tour

Here are a few things I would recommend bringing on an ATV tour:

  • Biodegradable sunscreen: I always recommend bringing biodegradable sunscreen as regular sunscreen is prohibited when visiting cenotes, and is generally just safer for the environment.  You’ll definitely want to bring some with you so your ATV excursion isn’t ruined by a sunburn.
  • Insect repellent: Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the great outdoors, bug spray will also come in handy to combat mosquitos and other pesky insects.
  • Bandana: Some tours include bandanas, but if they don’t then you’ll definitely want to bring your own bandana to protect your face from dust and debris.  Alternatively, you could probably get away with using a face mask since there are no shortage of those these days!
  • Shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty: Choose old sneakers that you won’t mind getting dirty or water shoes to protect your feet from any stray brush or kicked-up stones.
  • Swimsuit: Wear a one-piece swimsuit underneath your clothes especially if you choose a tour with a cenote swim. That way you can hop right in the cenote to cool off.
  • Change of clothes: It’s also a good idea to bring a change of clothes to change into after the tour as you’ll likely be dirty or wet after the cenote swim.

Tips For ATV tours in Playa del Carmen

Follow these tips to make the most of your ATV Playa del Carmen experience:

  • Combine the tour with other adventure activities: Ziplining and a cenote swim are the most popular activities that are paired with ATV tours in Playa del Carmen. I would definitely recommend combining these more adventurous activities to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Book in advance: I would also recommend booking ATV tours in advance as tours can fill up quickly especially during high season.  Most tour companies offer flexible booking options that allow you to cancel or reschedule if needed.
  • Be prepared to get dirty:  It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re gonna get dirty on an ATV tour so be prepared and avoid wearing any cherished clothing.
  • Wear protective clothing: While you’re riding through the jungle, it’s best to wear protective clothing to shield your arms, legs, and face from dust, dirt, and debris.  It can be hot so try to wear loose fitting breathable clothing to avoid overheating.

I hope this ATVs Playa del Carmen tours guide was helping if you’re looking for a thrilling and adventurous activity while visiting Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya!

For more adventurous things to do in Riviera Maya, check out my complete guides to snorkeling, paddleboarding, and swimming with whale sharks in Playa del Carmen.

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