10 Most Important Cities in Mexico (with Map & Photos)

This page contains a list of cities in Mexico, from large to small, with descriptions, populations, lots of photos, maps, and other useful information. Oaxaca, Merida, Cancun, Acapulco and Mexico City, Acapulco and others. You can sort the cities alphabetically and also see their location on the map of Mexico.

Mexico is a magical country full of history, routes, gastronomy, art, and architecture. Let's discover the 10 most important Mexican cities, with their paradisiacal beaches and impressive Mayan and Aztec ruins. Go!

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Mexico Cities

Do you want to travel to Mexico and do not know which cities to visit? We want to tell you which are the most important, safe, interesting, and beautiful Mexican cities to visit in Mexico.

What you can see in Mexican cities goes beyond their paradisiacal beaches or magical towns. Mexico is characterized by its Aztec and Mayan heritage which attracts thousands of tourists.

So pack your bags and let's go, but first, remember to have mobile data and not pay for "expensive roaming" when you return home.

Mexico as a country

Mexico is located on the American continent, having most of its territory in Central America. Its official language is Spanish and 67 native languages.

It has a population of 126.2 million. Being "Mexico City" the most populated in this country.

Discover what to do and see in the 10 essential places in Mexico.

The 10 most important cities in Mexico to visit

It is time to visit the 10 most important Mexican cities. We will start our list with the names of the cities of Mexico from the south to the capital "Ciudad de México CDXM", without missing an important detail of these beautiful cities.

Quintana Roo

The most beautiful city in Mexico is undoubtedly Quintana Roo, which awaits us with Cancun, the essential component of the Yucatan peninsula. Here, you will want the holidays to be eternal to enjoy its natural wealth and the beauty of its beaches.

In the state of Quintana Roo, we also find Cozumel Island, considered the third-largest island in Mexico and the second most populated. In addition, it has become the favorite of thousands of tourists for its various attractions such as cenotes, underground rivers, lagoons, and long plains.

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Mexico Cities

Another well-known place is “Playa del Carmen”, which is located in the Riviera Maya and keeps historical treasures. Its "Fifth Avenue" is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, from silver items, embroidered textiles, and tequila to painted skulls.

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Mexico Cities


The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the few oases in the world and is one of the safest cities in Mexico. It was one of the main cities where the Mayans consolidated a world of high civilization. Here we will find the Mayan ruins of "Chichen Itza" (road to Cancun), considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and especially the Pyramid of Kukulkan, which is recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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Mexico Cities

Merida is the capital of Yucatan considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. This cosmopolitan city awaits us with the hospitality of its people and rich culture.

Also, in the capital of the Mayan East, we have Valladolid, which is the third most important city in Yucatan, considered one of the Magical Towns in Mexico.


Oaxaca is the most emblematic Mexican city. With its wonderful beaches, mountains, and valleys, it is the cradle of one of the impressive pre-Hispanic cultures, preserving ancient traditions and customs. Oaxaca de Juárez is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Oaxaca is a center of art and culture, very famous for its gastronomy, which by the way, we recommend you visit the "Mercado Benito Juárez". On the day of the dead, a "Mole Oaxaqueño" along with its burnt tortilla, plantain, and chocolate await you.

One of its Natural Wonders is the petrified waterfalls better known as "Hierve el Agua", a unique site for its spring waters and the spectacular landscape of some petrified waterfalls that are part of a pre-Hispanic irrigation system.

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Mexico Cities


Its natural, social, and cultural wealth is what makes Veracruz one of the most important and emblematic cities in Mexico. Let yourself be enchanted by its warm welcome in the "Zócalo de Veracruz", where the atmosphere and music do not stop playing during the day.

And don't leave Veracruz without dedicating time to aquatic destinations "The Veracruz National Reef System National Marine Park" is a natural protected reef area and the most important in Mexico.

The Totonaca culture leaves us a great heritage in the archaeological zone of Tajín Papantla.

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Mexico Cities


The tourist city of Guerrero is illustrated in its "Triangle of the Sun", comprised of the cities of Taxco, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, and the port of Acapulco.

Guerrero offers us a long network of grottos, caves, and abysses to explore, where water erosion has sculpted calcareous formations, labyrinths, and tunnels through which underground rivers run.

Just naming it "Acapulco" gives us the feeling of sun, beach, mountains, jungle, and lakes, which combined with adventure sports will make our visit more special. And just as many Hollywood artists have passed through here, this is one of the cities that you cannot miss.


Guanajuato is the heart of Mexico, an important city for its historical and cultural values ​​and natural beauty. This city is perfect for lovers, you will not be able to resist giving a kiss on the third step of "El Callejón del Beso" so that your love lasts forever.

Named Cervantes Capital of America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity, with its macabre museum of the famous Mummies of Guanajuato, the Pípila viewpoint to observe the colorful city and the city of Dolores Hidalgo, considered the cradle of the independence of Mexico and recognized for “ The snows of Dolores Hidalgo” or traditional ice cream as we would say.

Jalisco, one of the Cities of Mexico

The Charros, Mariachis, Tequila, and Jarabe Tapatío come from the city of Jalisco and are the main attributes or symbols of Mexico. The cradle of Tequila presents us with large fields of "Agave" (the plant with which tequila is made), in the town of the same name where we will taste the variety of this emblematic drink. In Tlaquepaque, the mariachis await us while we can shop for handicrafts and savor Mexican-style delicacies.

If you prefer a more tropical climate, “Puerto Vallarta” is perfect, it is also one of the safest cities in Mexico. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this city that was the protagonist of the golden movies and shout "Oh, Jalisco, don't give up!".


Nuevo Lion

Nuevo León is the perfect city for adventure tourism. Its capital Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico that welcomes us with its recreational attractions for rappelling, hiking, or climbing. In addition, the "Grutas de García" and "Grutas de Bustamante" amaze everyone with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

Visiting the "Cañón de Chipitín" and the "Cañón de Matacanes" is perfect for rappel fans who will end up launching themselves into the beautiful turquoise blue pools. The "Star Biopark" also stands out, where the participation of animals is the attraction of each show.

The “Canal de Santa Lucía”, an artificial river that has fountains, museums, murals, and “La Lagartera”, a popular sculpture by the artist Francisco Toledo, along its length.

Baja California

The city of Baja California is historical and legendary as well as cosmopolitan, considered the third most populous city in Mexico. Attractive cities like Mexicali, located on the border of the United States await us with "Los Algodones". Its large golden dunes and sandbanks have become a favorite for sandboarding.

In this multifaceted city, you will enjoy and relax on its beaches, you will also discover the wine route since 90% of the country's wine is produced here.

Mexico City or CDMX

Mexico City better known as CDMX is the capital of the country. Also called the most populous city in Mexico and one of the most populous in the world, as well as being the richest economically in the country. Its pleasant climate allows us to visit museums, monuments, parks, and squares.

If you are passionate about history, you will delight in touring the Historic Center and if art is your thing, you can visit “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, where the famous artist Frida Kahlo revolutionized art.

Mexico City does not have beaches, but it has everything else to be an ideal rest destination. We can tour the Canals of Xochimilco, the traditional system of cultivation of Chinampas that are the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Also, navigate in the colorful Trajineras that will make your visit to Mexico more interesting.

Another of the attractions most visited by thousands of tourists during the year is "The Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe", within the complex of the Basilica we will find historic chapels and the large circular building that impresses with its greatness, making the illusion to the mantle of the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose image is also inside the enclosure.

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Mexico Cities

Other cities in Mexico to visit

Now that we show you the 10 most interesting cities in Mexico to visit, we want to tell you that they are not the only ones, this country with its infinity of culture shows us more options than we present below.

  1. Michoacán – Characterized by its ancestral traditions, landscapes, and delicious gastronomy.
  2. Puebla – Located in the central part of Mexico, it combines history, tradition, and art.
  3. Querétaro – You will see impressive colonial-style constructions. In addition, the cheese and wine route awaits you in its magical town of Tequisquiapan.
  4. San Luis Potosí – With its baroque architecture, a pinch of elegance, and old mansions carved in pink quarry.
  5. Nayarit – Get to know the 8 essential places to see in the Riviera Nayarit.
  6. Chihuahua – The largest city in Mexico, you will have to arrive very hungry so as not to miss a single exquisite dish of its gastronomy.

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