2019 Update: I rarely hear concerns about safety here in Oaxaca. Yes, it’s safe. However, there are parts of Mexico that are NOT safe and I bet you wouldn’t choose to travel there! But, Oaxaca is different. The mezcal boom is attracting more tourists. Food articles in major magazines and newspapers are attracting more tourists. We have restauranteurs coming here wanting to replicate Oaxaca cuisine back home. We have become a top world travel destination. Enjoy!
Norma’s Precautionary Tips:
- No diamond jewelry
- No gold jewelry
- Use ATMs in the daytime and put your money and cards away before turning away from the machine
- Don’t expose big bundles of cash
- Be aware of your surroundings — just like at home
- Don’t keep your cell phone or wallet in your back pocket
- Avoid over-crowded areas in regional markets where pick-pockets do their work
Are You Safer in Mexico or America? by Lonely Planet US travel editor Robert Reid.
Is it SAFE in Oaxaca, Mexico? How safe is it in Oaxaca, Mexico? These questions and their variations come up constantly from readers.
The New York Times recently published 36 Hours: Oaxaca, Mexico (January 12, 2012), a travel feature written by Freda Moon. The comments section is essential to read. Some 92 people added their experiences and most everyone addresses the question about safety that I receive on this blog constantly. Yes, Oaxaca is SAFE.
Washington Post, December 2012: Mexico: A guide to which parts are safe to travel to, and which are dangerous. Oaxaca is SAFE.
Suite 101 Article “Is it safe to travel to Mexico?” by Norma Hawthorne, with data, statistics, and everything you need to know about where it’s safe! Published December 2010.
Recent posts I’ve written about SAFETY that include comments from workshop participants, many of them women and independent travelers:
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-2hz March 2012 — The U.S. Media and Fear-Mongering
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-1Qd November 2011
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-1nz June 2011
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-1i0 April 2011
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-1dm March 2011
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-1b2 February 2011
http://wp.me/p1v1Ek-O3 October 2010