Buggy Day Trips in Playa del Carmen

During your visit to Playa del Carmen you will find a wide range of excursions to discover all the attractions of the region. Among the most interesting are those that are made in buggies.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Buggy Day Trips in Playa del Carmen

Buggy in Playa del Carmen | ©Fitography

During your visit in Playa del Carmen you will enjoy the crystal clear waters, warm sand and beautiful palm trees. You will also be able to walk along Quinta Avenida, a busy street full of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes and stores. You will also find resorts and plenty of entertainment.

However, if you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle and adventure with a buggy tour with complementary activities (snorkeling, diving, rappel, etc), then you will be interested to know that among the best things to do in Playa del Carmen there are several excursions and tours, which will allow you to get into a 4x4 car to go into the jungle, swim in a cenote and visit the Riviera Maya.

1. Playa del Carmen jungle buggy tour in the jungle

Playa del Carmen| ©philiproyle
Playa del Carmen| ©philiproyle

If during your visit you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy an off-road adventure in the jungle of Playa del Carmen, then you should join a buggy tour in this exotic region.

You will discover beautiful landscapes, taste local food and learn about the ancient Mayan culture. All this, along with a specialized guide, ready to tell you the history of the place and clarify your doubts.

The adventure begins in Playa del Carmen when you meet your assigned guide. They will explain the basic concepts of driving and you will receive some instructions regarding the development of the route.

Afterwards, you will board the buggy and head out to the Mayan jungle trail, where you will be sheltered by the trees.

This three-hour tour is ideal if you don't have much time, but still want to get to know this magical place in Playa del Carmen. You will drive a distance of approximately 30 kilometers on board a buggy to a cenote hidden in the jungle and, there, you will enjoy:

  • A quiet atmosphere, since this cenote is a little crowded area. You will be able to swim in crystal clear waters and relax while contemplating the natural scenery. In addition, if you wish, the guide will provide you with the necessary equipment to snorkel and observe the marine life up close.
  • You will drive to a Mayan village and have the opportunity to enter one of the houses to have lunch with the family and share with them. In this way, you will learn about their ancestral traditions and experiences in the region.
  • You will be able to buy handicrafts made by the locals. This way, you will have a souvenir of such a memorable visit and you will help this Mayan community.

At the end of this pleasant experience with nature and culture, you will get back on the buggy to return to the door of the hotel where you are staying.

Afterwards, you can continue the fun by going to Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen or go for a walk along the pedestrian Fifth Avenue, which is a very busy area parallel to the beach.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 110€ per person.
  • Duration: 3 hours (Approx.)
  • Advantages of this option: this tour usually offers the option of pick up and drop off at the hotel, so you will not have to invest extra money transferring on your own.
  • Disadvantages of this option: generally this excursion must be done in pairs.

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2. Buggy excursion from Playa del Carmen with complementary activities

Yax Muul Cenote| ©Rudy and Valerie
Yax Muul Cenote| ©Rudy and Valerie

If you are a speed and water activities enthusiast, you must be part of one of the best day trips from Playa del Carmen.

You will be able to get on a buggy and enjoy the speed while you go deep into the jungle to discover wonderful natural scenery, meet the Mayan community and their customs.

Yax Muul Cenote

You will leave Playa del Carmen with a specialized guide and head to the Yax Muul Cenote for a 30-minute ride. There, you will put on a harness and make a descent of approximately 12 meters to finally fall into a natural subway pool.

Mayan ceremony and zip line

Afterwards, you will continue on until you reach another cenote to be part of a Mayan ceremony, where a shaman will ask for protection for you and, also, permission to Pachamama, to move around the area.

This way, the next activity begins, in which you will be launched through a zip line of approximately 250 meters. You will get a privileged panoramic view of the jungle and an incredible release of adrenaline.

Snorkel in Nohoch Nah Chiich cenote

A final destination on this excursion is the Nohoch Nah Chiich cenote. Upon arrival, you will put on your snorkel gear and dive into its cold waters. You will live a unique experience in a magical natural setting, with dozens of stalagmites and stalactites in your path.

Then return to Playa del Carmen with plenty of time for other activities on your itinerary: venture out to visit Isla Mujeres, go shopping, attend a Cirque du Soleil show with your tickets, try the traditional food on a gastronomic tour or enjoy the nightlife in the clubs and bars.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 150€ per person.
  • Duration: half day.
  • Advantages of this option: you will enjoy aquatic and extreme activities while you get closer to the Mayan culture.
  • Disadvantages of this option: usually, this type of excursion is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Book a buggy tour in Playa del Carmen

3. Buggy tour to Jaguar, Nohoch Nachich and Alux cenotes from Playa del Carmen

Jaguar Cenote| ©iwona_kellie
Jaguar Cenote| ©iwona_kellie

During your stay in the state of Quintana Roo, you should not hesitate to live an experience in the cenotes from Playa del Carmen.

You can get on a buggy and travel the road to amazing natural formations (Jaguar, Nohoch Nachich, Alux). You can dive into the crystal clear waters, do water activities (optional) and learn about the history of these cenotes.

Jaguar Cenote

The first destination is the open cenote called Jaguar, which you will reach by driving from Playa del Carmen, on a buggy route of approximately 40 minutes.

This natural monument has an average depth of 9 meters and, to access it, you will have to go down a platform made up of several steps, product of rock formations.

Then, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful vegetation and you will be able to dive in crystal clear waters and see some fish.

Cenote Nohoch Nachich with optional water activity

Next, the guide will take you to the Nohoch Nachich cenote, known for being the entrance to one of the longest subway rivers in the world and, therefore, a destination included in most tours.

In this area you will need to turn on your lamp to contemplate the huge stalagmites and stalactites. Also, if you wish, you can put on your wetsuit or snorkel suit and explore a bit. You will feel like you are in a magical and mysterious world.

Alux private cenote

On the way back to Playa del Carmen in the buggy you will make a last stop at the private cenote Alux, characterized by a great depth and a platform for zip line jumps.

You will also enjoy a small natural pool, some channel caves, a couple of waterfalls and a large cave. In addition, there is a picnic area with several tables where you can enjoy a light meal, accompanied by some non-alcoholic beverages.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 76€ per person.
  • Duration: 5 hours (Approx.)
  • Advantages of this option: this tour combines adventure tourism through three important cenotes of the region and a cultural experience.
  • Disadvantages of this option: food and drinks are not included in the tour, so you will have to pay for them on your own.

4. Customized buggy tours in Playa del Carmen

Yal Ku| ©darkgnome
Yal Ku| ©darkgnome

If you are excited about the idea of touring Playa del Carmen in a buggy with an expert during your visit, but you want to take your own route, you should opt for a personalized tour, in which a guide will take you to the destinations of your interest.

You will be able to explore and do the activities that you previously select: diving, snorkeling, zip-lining, rappel.

Option 1: excursion and buggy tour to the natural aquarium of Yal Ku

You will leave from the buggy headquarters in Playa del Carmen with a small group and the assigned guide. In this way, you will travel a route of approximately 42 minutes until you reach the natural aquarium Yal Ku.

This is a cenote that combines a freshwater and a saltwater ecosystem, so it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. There, you will be able to:

  • Immerse yourself in the water and have one of the best snorkeling and diving experiences, discovering many tropical fish, turtles, etc. Of course, you will previously receive some basic instructions from the guide about the use of the equipment used in the dive.
  • Enjoy a calm atmosphere, among crystal clear waters and beautiful mangroves with lush vegetation.
  • You will walk through a forest, where you will contemplate virgin nature, some birds and wildlife.
  • You will walk along the beach, which complements this natural cenote and you will be amazed with the panorama offered.

Book your snorkeling experience in Playa del Carmen

Option 2: Rio Secreto buggy tour and excursion

Rio Secreto is another route that you can customize for your buggy tour in Playa del Carmen. This is a natural reserve with an amazing system of stalagmites and stalactites inside a subway cave.

On this tour you will live an adventure on wheels, walk and dive in crystal clear waters, while discovering impressive geological formations.

The tour starts when you get on the buggy in Playa del Carmen and head to Rio Secreto (approximately 20 minutes). There, the guide will take you to tour the outside of the site, composed of long trails, lush trees, wildlife, some natural pools and a tranquil atmosphere.

Then, the aquatic adventure begins in the subway cave, nicknamed crystal museum, due to its countless mineral formations and calm blue waters.

There, you will not only be able to contemplate a magical scenery that will reveal a history of millions of years, but you will also have the opportunity to rappel, put on the necessary accessories for diving and snorkeling. Afterwards, you will leave the cave and, before boarding the buggy to return to Playa del Carmen, you will have lunch at the reserve's restaurant.

Option 3: excursion and buggy tour to Xel-Ha from Playa del Carmen

Xel-Ha| ©Kirt Edblom
Xel-Ha| ©Kirt Edblom

This excursion takes you by buggy north of Playa del Carmen, to Xel-Ha, in a tour of approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival at this ecological park, you will be in direct contact with the flora and fauna of the Riviera Maya.

Next, the guide will take you to walk along the trails that lead to a beautiful river while you watch some birds, and then you will ride on a floating tire on a beautiful lagoon surrounded by an imposing mangrove swamp.

Afterwards, you will receive the necessary instructions to snorkel and admire a variety of tropical fish and sea turtles up close.

In fact, this tour can be combined with a visit to the natural aquarium of Yal Ku, due to its proximity.

In addition, you can opt for a route to the ruins of Tulum or, if you prefer, you can take a one-hour ferry to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, to explore these beaches on a buggy adventure.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 75€ per person.
  • Duration: from 5 to 6 hours (Approx.)
  • Advantages of this option: you will have the opportunity to plan the route of the excursion and buggy tour according to your tastes.
  • Disadvantages of this option: generally, this type of activity does not include the entrance to the natural monuments, so you will have to pay for them separately.

What am I going to see in this kind of buggy tours in Playa del Carmen?

snorkeling in Playa del Carmen| ©Curtis & Renee
snorkeling in Playa del Carmen| ©Curtis & Renee

Buggy tours and excursions in Playa del Carmen and its surroundings are a unique experience, which will not only provide you with an all-terrain adventure through long trails of the Riviera Maya, but you can also go deep into the jungle and explore amazing cenotes with millenary geological formations.

In addition, you can do water activities (snorkeling, scuba diving), rappel in the cenotes or jump on a zip line, to get a privileged aerial view.

You will also have the opportunity to visit a Mayan village and interact with the local people to learn about their customs and taste their gastronomy.

Duration of the buggy tours and excursions in Playa del Carmen

Tulum, Playa del Carmen| ©Gabriel Garcia Marengo
Tulum, Playa del Carmen| ©Gabriel Garcia Marengo

The excursions and buggy tours in Playa del Carmen usually last from 3 to 6 hours. However, this does not mean that you will be driving for that period of time. In reality, you will be in front of the wheel for 30 to 60 minutes, according to the agreed route, which can be in or around the beach.

For example, if the excursion only goes into the jungle to visit some hidden cenotes, you will only need to drive 30 minutes. But, if you want to explore Tulum from Playa del Carmen, the driving time will be approximately 50 minutes, for a 61-kilometer route.

In either case, you will enjoy the speed of the buggy and the beauty of the scenery.

Tips for a buggy excursion in Playa del Carmen

Buggy, Playa del Carmen| ©baffalie
Buggy, Playa del Carmen| ©baffalie

To go on a buggy excursion in Playa del Carmen or to some of the nearby destinations, you should follow some practical tips, which will help you avoid inconveniences and improve the experience during the tour.

  • Have your updated driver's license ready, as you will have to show it to the guide to be able to sit behind the wheel. However, if you do not plan to drive and just want to live this experience from the passenger seat, you do not have to worry about presenting this document.
  • If you hire a six-seater buggy, you should know that only a maximum of four people can get in. Also, if you take the tour or excursion with children, they must ride in the back of the buggy.
  • This type of excursion is not usually done alone, that is, you must have a travel partner (friend, family).
  • Bring a handkerchief and glasses to protect your face from the dust that usually rises on the road.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, preferably short, that allow you to move easily. Also, bring swimming clothes, so that you can submerge yourself in the water of the cenotes.
  • Take care of your skin from radiation by applying a product with a high sun protection factor against UVB and UVA rays. Also, take a bottle of water with you, so you can constantly hydrate yourself. Remember that temperatures in Playa del Carmen usually reach 34ºC during the summer.