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 two areas that crystallize its charms: 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—once one of the largest cities in the Americas—quicken the soul.