See how it softens the heart and quickens the soul

A country that tends to make partisans of its visitors, Mexico is broad and beautiful (and its people famously big-hearted). We’re particularly taken with the gorges of Copper Canyon (deeper than the Grand Canyon and graced with tropical jungles as you descend) and the state of Oaxaca, whose namesake city (founded by the Aztecs) softens the heart and whose Zapotec pyramids in Monte Albán quicken the soul. But considering the country's diverse cuisines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, vibrant indigenous cultures, romantic colonial cities, and pristine beaches, Mexico may just be our very best kept secret.