The Insider Guide to the States of Mexico

By Mexico Insider Staff | Last updated on June 12, 2022

Mexico is a large country and there are many options for travel destinations. In total, there are 32 states in Mexico that are very different in terms of things to do and activities. Mexico is only popular as a beach vacation but very few people know that Mexico has 6,000 cenotes. This is the highest number of cenotes in the world. There are over 45,000 named mountains with the popular Pico de Orizaba (5,636m/18,491ft) being the highest of them all. There are hundreds of waterfalls all over the country and of course, the main attractions are the colorful towns and cities.


ALL MEXICO STATES

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Aguascalientes City
Calvillo

Real de Asiento

San Jose de Gracia

Ensenada
Mexicali

Tijuana

Valle de Guadalupe

La Paz
Loreto

Los Cabos
Pescadero

Todos Santos

Campeche City

Isla Aguada

Palizada

Chiapa de Corzo
Comitan

Palenque
San Cristobal

Tapachula
Tuxtla Gutierrez

Batopilas
Casas Grandes

Chihuahua City
Creel

Juarez

Arteaga
Candela
Cuatro Cienagas
General Cepeda

Guerrero
Monclova
Muzquiz
Parras

Piedras Negras
Saltillo
Torreon
Viesca

Comala

Colima City

Manzanillo

Durango City

Nombre de Dios

Mapimi

Comonfort
Dolores Hidalgo
Guanajuato City

Jalpa de Canovas
Leon
Mineral de Pozos

Salvatierra
San Miguel de Allende
Yuriria

Acapulco
Chilpancingo

Ixtapa
Taxco

Zijuatanejo

Huasca de Ocampo
Huichapan
Mineral del Chico

Pachuca
Real de Monte
Tecozautla

Zempoala
Zimapan

Barra de Navidad
Guadalajara
Lagos de Moreno
Mazamitla

Mascota
Puerto Vallarta
San Sebastian del Oeste
Tapalpa

Talpa de Allende
Tequila
Tlaquepaque

Acolman
Aculco
Amanalco
Ayapango
Axapusco
Chalma
Coatepec Harinas
Donato Guerra
El Oro
Ixtapan de La Sal

Jilotepec
Lerma
Malinalco
Metepec
Nopaltepec
Otumba
Ozumba
Temascaltepec
Tenango del Valle
Teotihuacan

Tepetlixpa
Tepotzotlan
Tonatico
Toluca
Valle de Bravo
Villa del Carbon
Zacualpan
Zinacantepec

Condesa
Coyoacan
Historical Center

La Villa
Polanco
Roma

San Angel
Santa Fe
Xochimilco

Angangueo
Cuitzeo del Porvenir
Jiquilpan
Morelia

Patzcuaro
Paracho
Santa Clara del Cobre

Tacambaro
Tlalpujahua
Tzintzuntzan

Cuautla
Cuernavaca

Oaxtepec
Tepoztlan

Tequesquitengo
Tlayacapan

Bucerias
Jala
Lo de Marcos

Mexcaltitan
Nuevo Vallarta
Punta Mita

San Pancho
Sayulita
Tepic

Bustamante
Linares

Monterrey

Santiago

Huatulco
Juquila
Mazunte

Mitla
Oaxaca City
Puerto Escondido

San Jose del Pacifico
Zipolite

Atlixco
Chignahuapan
Cholula
Cuetzalan

Huauchinango
Pahuatlan
Puebla City
Tehuacan

Tetela de Ocampo
Tlatlauquitepec
Xicotepec
Zacatlan de las Manzanas

Amealco
Bernal
Cadereyta

Jalpan de Serra
Queretaro City
San Joaquin

San Juan del Rio
Tequisquiapan

Bacalar
Cancun
Chetumal

Cozumel
Holbox
Isla Mujeres

Mahahual
Playa del Carmen
Tulum

Aquismon
Huasteca Potosina

Real de Catorce
San Luis Potosi City

Santa Maria del Rio
Xilitla

Cosala
Culiacan
El Rosario

Los Mochis
Mazatlan

Mocorito
El Fuerte

Alamos
Guaymas

Hermosillo
Magdalena de Quino

Puerto Peñasco

Tapijulapa

Villahermosa con Tapijulapa

Mier
Reynosa

Tampico
Tula

Victoria City

Huamantla
Tlaxcala City

Tlaxco

Val Quirico

Boca del Rio
Catemaco
Coatepec
Coatzacoalcos
Coscomatepec

Costa Esmeralda
Orizaba
Papantla
San Andres Tuxtla
Tlacotalpan

Tuxpan
Veracruz City
Xalapa
Xico
Zozocolco

Izamal
Mani

Merida
Sisal

Valladolid

Guadalupe
Jerez
Nochistlan

Pinos
Sombrerete
Teul

Zacatecas City


MOST VISITED MEXICO STATES

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Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo is the most visited state in Mexico because of Cancun. In 2021 alone, Cancun International Airport reported having received more than 8 million visitors.

The state of Quintana Roo is known for its turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. It is also a resort area where many families opt for an all-inclusive vacation.

The top destinations to visit in Quintana Roo are Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.

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Mexico City

Mexico City hit the highest number of visitors in the country in 2019 with 97.4 million visitors reported to arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport. The capital city is often overlooked as the best destination in Mexico but many Europeans opt to live here because of the good quality of life.

The Frida Kahlo Museum and Teotihuacan Pyramids are the top attractions but there are many other things to do in Mexico City. It is one of the biggest cities in the world.

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Baja California Sur

Southern Baja California is popular because of Los Cabos, the third most visited destination in Mexico. The state of Baja California Sur is very similar to California.

In fact, you will sometimes feel like you are in California because of the prices. This is the most expensive state in Mexico because of the influx of American tourists. From the US, it is also relatively easy to fly to Baja California Sur because there are many direct flights.

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Jalisco

Jalisco is the birthplace of the Mexican sombrero (hat) and of course, it is the state that is the biggest producer of tequila in the world. A town in Jalisco is called Tequila, where you can do the tequila route.

The most visited cities in the state of Jalisco are Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. Each city has international airports and receives up to 500,000 foreign visitors a year. Jalisco is the third richest state in Mexico with over 30 multinational companies based and legally registered here. 60% of computers sold in the country are produced in Guadalajara.

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Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca is the richest in terms of gastronomy and culture. Most of the iconic Mexican food that is popular all over the world came from Oaxaca (like mole and tlayuda). There are 11 festivals in Oaxaca state all year-round.

One of the most popular and has become a tourist’s favorite is Day of The Dead held every year from end of October. Aside from deeply-rooted traditions and cultures, Oaxaca is also a top destination: the world-class surfing beaches of Puerto Escondido, the colorful city of Oaxaca, the nudist beach in Zipolite, and the 7 bays of Huatulco are some examples.

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Puebla

Puebla is one of the states of Mexico that still has a very rich, visible culture. It is not as touristy as Quintana Roo or other Mexican states although it is slowly becoming popular as a tourist destination.

The Pueblans are very proud of their cuisine and some of the world-class Mexican food is from this state (i.e. mole poblano). The Popocatépetl Volcano is one of the reasons why people visit Atlixco – a volcano that can be seen from all over town even from a distance. Puebla has many volcanoes, outdoor activities, gastronomic activities, and cultural things to do.


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Mexico States FAQ

There are 32 states in Mexico. Each of the states has its own unique features in terms of outdoor activities, food, and culture.

The most visited state in Mexico is Mexico City which is the gateway and flying hub. In 2021, over 8 million visitors landed at Benito Juarez International Airport.

The biggest state in Mexico is Chihuahua. The size of the state of Chihuhua is 94,571 square miles and as of 2017 Census, the population in Chihuahua is 878,062.