Oaxaca is generally a friendly and safe city. But like other large cities, pickpocket, muggings, and unprovoked attacks occur. Before you go to this beautiful Mexican city, you need to know some basic Oaxaca safety and emergency procedures.

Walking through the city

Common sense is the key when you are in Oaxaca. Do not walk in dark and unpopulated streets at night, especially when you are alone. Also, be aware of gangs of youths that congregate around street corners. Do not bring your passport when out on sightseeing tours. It is always a good idea to carry with you a photocopy of your passport.

Be aware of petty thieves as they will do anything to distract you. Keep your handbag as close as possible to your body. Do not wear too much jewelry as they could attract potential thieves. Always be mindful of all your things, including your camera.

At the hotel

Oaxaca safety means never leaving your belongings unattended in the hotel lobby or in front of the hotel. Deposit all your valuables in the safe and lock your room every time you leave. Also, do not leave your bag unattended in the hotel restaurant or the breakfast room, even if you are just going to the buffet table.


Put your wallet or purse in an inside pocket that you can close with a zipper. Carry only the cash you need for the day’s expenses. Whenever possible, use your credit card and keep all the receipts. Also carry only one credit card with you. Keep your card numbers and phone numbers of your credit card company, and your ATM card’s PIN code.


If you are taking a cab, always choose one equipped with radio equipped. Sure, they are more costly compared to conventional taxis, but they are safer and more reliable. If you drive your own car, make sure that all valuable things are in plain sight.

In case of emergency…

Remain calm and contact institutions or authorities that can help you. Keep these numbers handy:

Emergencies: 066
Fire Fighters: (52-951) 516-2231/ 514-9000
Mexican Red Cross: (52-951) 516-4455/ 513-4803
Tourist Protection Centre (Ceprotur): 206 Murguia Street; phone number (52-951) 514-2155