This ATV adventure takes you through Cozumel's jungle to ancient Mayan holy grounds. All equipment and a safety briefing will be provided before riding your single-person ATV. Your guide leads you through the winding, narrow jungle paths overflowing with tropical vegetation and wildlife. Along the way, you'll visit a partially excavated Mayan ruin.
Note: Participants must be at least 16 years of age, weigh no more than 360 lbs. and present a valid driver's license. Closed-toe shoes are required.
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Customer Reviews for A T V Jungle Adventure
Review 1 for A T V Jungle Adventure
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:March
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite port:Great Strirrup Cay, Bahamas
I want to go here next:Caribbean
Date:March 29, 2013
My husband and I had a blast! It wasn't anything like I expected, I kinda expected just a single file tour, but we actually got to ride these things hard and fast!! The trail is rough, and they are some tight turns. Just a suggestion wear the goggles, they provide you with a bandana to keep the dust out of your mouth. They stop for 2 or 3 water breaks and explain the legends behind the Mayans. Overall, we had a great time!
We have done an ATV excursion on every cruise we have been on, but nothing like this one! We disembarked at 1100 and had some time to shop before meeting our group at the pier at 1345. Pedro (one guide) met us and warned us that the road that lay ahead was not for the injured or faint of heart. He really wasn't kidding! We signed a waiver and after a brisk walk through the mall to an old Greyhound bus parked out back, we had a 25 min ride out of town to the nature preserve. There we were met by our second guide James and watched a safety video. They have lockers for a few bucks. If it's not washable, do NOT take it on the ride with you. We were given a bandana to tie on our heads like a doo-rag. (I think this was to keep your hair from coming in contact with the helmet.) Goggles are optional but HIGHLY recommended. The ATVs are very large and semi-automatic. Brakes are on the handles, throttle is the right thumb and shifter is by your left toe. Pull up with your toe to shift up, push down to shift down. The handles/grips are large and some of the girls struggled to reach everything. My hands/wrists were a little sore afterwards. The trails are through the Mexican jungles...which are more like mangroves and large bushes since Cozumel is an exposed reef with very shallow soil. It was very hot and humid but the breeze from the ride makes it tolerable. The ride was literally the roughest ride I have EVER been on in my life. Pedro and James called it the Mexican massage. Sore groins, thighs and backs abounded by the end. The trails are full of hugh potholes, ruts, small boulders and tight turns. As soon as you'd get up to speed, an obstacle would emerge out of the dust cloud and force you to brake suddenly! We spent about 1.5 hous on the ATVs in total with 2 stops to see small Mayan ruins and hear about their culture. We were provided 1 bottle of water (not enough for the extreme heat and dirt) during a short break. To see the ruins you must hike down a rocky trail or up a small hill, not good if you struggle with walking on uneven surfaces. But if you are up to the physical challenge it is a lot of fun. When we returned to base, the guides thanked us for coming, reminded us that tips are appreciated, and then back on the bus for the ride back to the mall. It was very dry in March so the trails were incredibly dusty. But the guides warned us that during the rainy season the trails are solid mud! We had about an hour for shopping, but we were so filthy we hesitated to go into some of the shops! But one place worth visiting is Fiesta Mayan rum cakes. It's at the far end of town (about $10 roundtrip via taxi) but worth it. Shawn and his wife make the best rum cakes in town and offer various hot sauces and affordably priced real vanillla extracts and beans. Highly recommend.
This was the most fun shore excursion of the trip! I usually do a Level 1 but even though this was a level 3, I had no problems getting through it. I felt like I was a teenager again! In reality, I am a 65 year old female with a very bad right knee ready for a full knee replacement and also have a bad lower back. I am also overweight and not really in the best of shape. However, there wasn't that much walking...it was easy for us use the shuttle, which drove us right to the tour. From there, the guides took care of us .The guides were so gracious in getting all the gear on (helmet, goggles,scarf). They even started up the ATV for me. I wish I had known about wearing gloves because after a while, my hands got very achy from arthritis and trying to hold on tight as I raced It was a nice, long ride and I could've ridden for longer. We got to see the Bald Eagle, an owl, crocodile, snake, etc. There is plenty of time to take pictures. There are photographers there and they sell the pics at the end of the tour for $16...well worth it. No one bugged us for tips at all. We were willing to donate to the Happy Helmet! I loved this excursion and drove as fast and wild as i could!! We also rode fast thru the very bumpy rock filled mud holes. I got muddy all over and later took an on site shower of my muddy clothes. Wear shoes you don't care about. I never got hurt but was sore in spots I never use on my body but it was all mild. Highly recommend this excursion. We went on 11/11/11.
James (Jaime) and his staff were great and very funny. they had their own photographer too. I just wished I could have gotten a before and after shot with all of the mud on me! I hadn't ridden an ATV before ever! It was rated a 3 on the activity level. That's pretty accurate. My friend and I, both over 55, had a great time, but were very tired. We had a small group of mostly adults (over 35) and one 18 year old in our van. After riding to the first site and getting cold water, we went on to a second site, again with water provided. Visiting the partially excavated ruins was interesting. We didn't see any wildlife, but did hear some interesting birds when we stopped at the sites. It's more of a jungle trail ride than site visiting, but still great.
After meeting with rep at end of pier and filling out a short form, we were transported to excursion site in a van. upon arrival at site the 1st of two pictures were taken. we watched a short video instructing us on the proper use of the ATV. everyone was given a bandana to wear under the helmet. NOTE: If you do not have sunglasses, you have the oppurtunity to use their goggles. The guides are EXTREMELY helpful, so if you are a 1st timer (as i was), you have nothing to worry about. Once you are on your ATV one of the guides comes around and takes the 2nd picture, and if need be he helps you turn your ATV on. After a brief ride the guides will line you up according to how experienced a rider you are(first in line will be expert riders, intermediate, then novice). This is a very bumpy but fun ride, be prepare to get dirty if decide to go through the mud puddles. if you have sensitive hands bring gloves(they are offered to you there as well free of charge). along the way you will make 2 stops where you will be provided with free bottled water. you will see 2 partially excavated ruins, which were not much to see, but that was ok because after all they weren't the main reason for choosing this excursion. the riding from beginning to end lasts about 1hr 45min. at the end of the ride the guides thank everyone for taking the excursion and they do ask for tips(but they do not hound you for them). you have the option of purchasing the pictures that were taken of you for $20. They also sell beer for $2 if im not mistaken. There are bathrooms on the premises 1 for males, 1 for females, they are not 5 star, but they are clean. Make sure you bring along bug spray, and a hand towel or wet wipes to clean yourself off after the ride.