Costa Rica Gold Prospecting

by Bill
(Galveston,TX)

I have purchased some property in the mountains of Costa Rica's central pacific coast. Looking at an old map of the area, I found that one of the streams on my finca is named Minas Ora (good sign). I asked around and apparently many years ago, there were a couple of Ticos working a mine somewhere on the upper part of my place. Could be real because the story talks about some Gold and not fabulous wealth. This year I am going to do some prospecting. I have a metal detector, gold pan and turkey baster.

I have been hunting gems for a few years but the gold is a new thing. I'm open to suggestions.

Stan's response: I would recommend signing up for my free gold prospecting course found at www.StanGrist.com (in the pop up window). After that, practice panning with 10 bb's (from a bb gun) in sand and gravel. When you can finish the pan in less than 5 minutes and recover all 10 bb's, you are ready to go prospecting on your river according to what you learn in my free course. Please let me know how it goes. You may be on to something good!

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May 31, 2014
Gold Prospecting in Costa Rica
by: Ready

Hi, I live on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. I want to try panning for gold. I have not sent for a panning kit yet but have a metal detector.

Where can one search? Can one go to any river or stream? Will the government or the private owners give you a hard time? Is it worth the time and effort?

I do not want to travel to the Osa every time I want to pan. Can one pull a few ounces out on the Pacific side?

Last, does someone want a partner to search with?
Thanks! Ready

Mar 25, 2014
Greg - Gold Prospecting in Costa Rica
by: bruce

Yes Greg I would love to do some testing and searching. send me an email if you want and i will give you my contact info. Tinbuds71@gmail.com

Mar 24, 2014
Costa Rica Gold - Hey Bill
by: Costa Rica Greg

I also live on the Central Pacific coast and have a lot of Artesan mining equipment. If you want to check out your Rio Mina Oro let me know.
Cheers

Mar 24, 2014
Oro Gold in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica
by: Costa Rica Greg

Everyone interested should read the book "Oro" now banned in Costa Rica but available online. It shares exactly where and how much gold is in the osa peninsula and surrounding areas. Also the British geological survey 1981 also available online maps the gold rich deposit as it crosses the Osa before heading out to sea.

It is however illegal to mine in most areas although there are a couple of tourist concessions near the Carate on the Osa open to artesanal mining only.(no machines)

If you want a real gold adventure I would head to Bonanza in Northern Nicaragua but pack your six shooter because its the real Wild West.

Good luck!

Mar 20, 2014
Good Gold Mining in Costa Rica
by: Bruce

It is very simple here to find locations John.
Also guys I have some video of a river here that there is a mine that was worked for 71 years. Before this the Natives were pulling out huge amounts as well.

I have many pics and videos. What I need is help from someone on which spots in and around the river to look for best 1 or 2 man with small eq. you can email me if you like: tinbuds71@gmail.com

Mar 17, 2014
Costa Rica Gold Mining
by: John

What are the options for mining for gold with a 1-2 man operation in CR if you are on private land. Can you do a high banker or a small dredge? e-mail me at jounadolfi@gmail.com

Feb 25, 2014
Gold Panning in Costa Rica
by: Bruce

I live in and search the mountains of Costa Rica. I would love to get together with others that want to go gold panning. I have locations, so bring your stuff.

Feb 06, 2014
Gold Mining Banned in Costa Rica !!!
by: Alex

Gold, the most sought after precious metal in the world, is not worth its weight when it comes to protecting the environment.

Gold has been mined around the globe from rich deposits deep under the earth’s crust, in rocks and caves and even in the rainforest. The high commodity beautiful ore is a natural gift of the earth which provides both necessary function and luxury in daily lives.

Mining of gold has been banned in countries such as Costa Rica in recent years, along with restrictions and laws governing other gold mining projects in various areas of the world. citizens of Costa Rica realized the natural habitats to multitudes of flora and fauna were in jeopardy. They made a case for protecting the land and effectively stopped the intrusion of actions from a foreign land. Life became more precious than gold revenues at that point.

In 2010, an unanimous vote of the Costa Rican congress decided to ban all gold mining...

Dec 28, 2013
Gold Claims in Costa Rica
by: clint

This is to the man who lives in costa rica Anonymous

i am planing to come to costa rica and live i have 6 mining claims in the united states i would love to sell them get my self a claim there what hase to be done to get a claim there i would like to do a much biger operation there by osa there are some big claims for sell do you no if there is such big claims for sell there i am looking to stay awy from the scamers if you no what i mean i no alot about hard rock and placer but i would love to bring both of my sons there to live and work with me on our own claim and meat all new people i am tired of this place wife left my boys and me thank god haha we need a big chang and a new place cald home if i may ask what do you think and happy new year

Dec 25, 2013
Information on Gold Panning in Costa Rica
by: Doug

My wife and I are planning a trip in January 2014 to Costa Rica. How do you go about talking to the right people to get permission to pan? Is it safe to look in streams we happen across? What are the laws? Any help would be appreciated. I have a pan I got for my birthday, but have not panned before. Thanks

Dec 25, 2013
Yes, There is Gold in Costa Rica!
by: Anonymous

I own a piece of property on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica with a mountain stream on the back property line. I have panned on the Pacific side just west of Puerto Jimenez toward the Luna lodge which is the end of that road.

Don't believe the maps the road ends @ the Luna Lodge then you walk. Not recommended. We panned all day and got a small vile of gold. I don't know much about it other than it was real hard work with a rake and shovel; then you pan.

The main thing is safety. The police won't save you and the snakes are deadly. Be very careful. I don't recommend it for the novice, especially the OSA where the survival guy was.

Panama would be safer and cheaper by 50%. My email is tahowell52@ yahoo.com if you have questions I have lived in Costa Rica for 5 years.

Dec 20, 2013
Gold Claims and Concessions
by:

If you are not an experienced gold prospector, there is a gold mine of information on YouTube.com; hundreds of videos.

I am a hobbyist gold miner in Arizona. I know how to recover gold. Finding it is the key. But my main concern would be safety. Here in the states, being on someone's claim can get you lead... as in a bullet.

Have you access to claim maps there or do you stay on your own property? Searching mining records is a great time saver. Those are readily available in USA. In general, do you feel safe there? I would like to learn more about CR.

I am one of the founding members of a prospectors club organized in 1982. As they say Gold is where you find it. my email is willfindall@ hotmail.com Gimme a buzz. I am Olin

Dec 04, 2013
Advice on Costa Rica Gold Prospecting?
by: SilverTim

Anyone have a little advice inside Costa Rica on prospecting in the virgin highlands or to obtain a piece of property with proven potential?

Nov 11, 2013
Gold Pan
by: Rich

Where can we find a gold pan to buy in Costa Rica?

Sep 07, 2013
Gold in Costa Rica
by: Kimnterry

My boyfriend and I are interested in searching for gold somewhere near the OSA. We will be in San Jose 12/26/13 and leaving puerto Jimenez 12/06/13. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

May 31, 2013
Stan's Gold Prospecting Course
by: The Foxfire

If possible, go through Stan's course. It will show you where to look in the bends of the river/ creeks, and more.

Let us know how you do. If you're coming up with black sand, know that you're in or close to the area where gold will be found. In other words, if gold is there, you're in the zone and should see it.

Stan, maybe you can clarify what I just said. Lol, Pretty tired right now.

May 30, 2013
Panning Gold in Costa Rica
by: Whicket williams

I am in Costa Rica right now. I have my gold pan with me. It is a good one. I am not very experienced. I found some gold in Alaska. I would love an invitation to come prospecting with you. I'm just north of Jaco today.

Mar 02, 2013
Gold in Costa Rica?
by: Alex

I do not understand. Is there is gold in Costa Rica or not? How many grams you can pan for a pan? And can we use there electric dredges for gold?

Jan 31, 2013
Gold Prospecting in Costa Rica
by: Capt Rex

I have been finding for a long time. I really enjoying searching for that yellow gold. I will be in Costa Rica for the 2nd week of march. Would love to meet you. We will be staying im the Guana Coste area. How far is that from you?

Dec 06, 2012
Gold Mining
by: Anonymous

... been in mining over 40 years, both underground and placer... learn to pan very well, be patient, say again, be patient and learn to grid an area. oh, even empty pan sez something - no gold here. forget dollar signs and have fun... the rest will take care of itself. matt

May 19, 2012
Gold Panning Practice
by: Anonymous

Stan is right. I took my initial lessons from a champion gold panner from Colorado. He recommended using lead pellets or small lead fishing weights smashed with a hammer as they will act much like small gold pieces.

The BB's Stan is referring to will be harder to keep in the pan when trying to develop some speed with the ability to keep all your finds in the pan. If you can do as Stan says, you'll be pretty good and can pan with confidence knowing that whatever is lying beneath the thin layer of black/green sands in your pan, will be exactly what you harvested out of the steam.

Stan's course is good advise, I have it myself. But if you want a video to see it in action, check out You Tube or GPAA's "how to" videos.

The Foxfire

May 19, 2012
Where to Learn Best and Most Accepted Way to Pan for Gold in Costa Rica
by: les

I am 60 now. have always loved watching people recover gold. I would love to learn how to do it.

Mar 08, 2012
Gold Panning in Costa Rica
by: The Foxfire

I have had the same idea. I was mentored by a geologist that said there was plenty of gold along the entire west coast. He has hundreds of claims. I was considering moving to Costa Rica and panning for retirement money.

Not sure how lucrative it would be. As most prospectors in the states try to find an ounce a day, I think an ounce a week would do nicely down there.

Would love to go on the expedition with you in search of a good find up or down stream from your place.

Stan is a good one to learn from. Years ago before my trip to Alaska, I purchased the Garret Gold Panning kit. It contains everything you need but I would also, since you have your own place, consider getting a portable sluice box.

Depending on how well the water runs down that stream, you might be able to incorporate a water ram to pump the water up into a high banker for a more efficient way to process the material. Keep us posted on what you have planned and how it goes. I am hoping to be there this summer.

Stan's response: Small, one-man, manual, gold mining operations can be great if done properly and in the right place. You're right about 1 ounce per week being plenty for a guy.

You can do this sort of thing in almost any gold bearing location because this type of mining is usually allowed, even in tightly controlled countries that don't like big gold mining operations.

I knew a guy near Puerto Napo (Sardinas) in Ecuador who mined like this. He accumulated rain water in a pond near the top of a high hill. He had a plastic hose installed, originating at the bottom of the pond. He used a plastic Coke bottle as his hose nozzle to increase pressure.

Simple gravity gave him enough pressure to hydraulically mine an ancient river channel wall down below the pond, about 100 meters away.

He ran the material through a "ground sluice" with earthen riffles, no modern materials or metals of any kind. He cleaned up about once per week.

I attended several of his cleanups over the years. He never got less than 2 ounces of coarse gold in each clean up. He is comfortably retired now, living in Tena. No one has ever continued his operation.

May 31, 2011
Costa Rica Gold
by: Bill

I did some panning inland from the central pacific coast but with little success. There is a lot of gold found in Costa Rica but not in the area I was panning and metal detecting. It was interesting in that the black sand in my own streams that I panned turned out to be green sand. Under the loop it turned out to be tiny peridot crystal which have weathered out of the basalt flows there. I did find other mineral specimens that indicate that somewhere above a 150 foot waterfall there is some serious mineralization going on. The waterfall happens to be on the stream named Minas Ora so next year I will make the climb and continue my search.

Mar 19, 2011
Costa Rica Gold prospecting
by: Anonymous

I was thinking seriously of spending time in Costa Rica to begin gold panning. Have you been successful in Costa Rica, or am I wasting my time? Thank you for your candor. Bruce bg5456@yahoo.com

Stan's response: While you can certainly pan for gold in Costa Rica with some fair results, larger gold mining activities have been curtailed by the government. Costa Rica has become like a small USA and is heavily regulated now. Personally, I would look to investigate some other countries throughout Latin America.

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