Gold Prospecting Honduras
by David Ben Yisrael
(La Ceiba, Honduras)
Stan, Good to see you are so busy. I saw in an older post that you have explored for gold Honduras in the past. Any info you are willing to share?
I know that research before hand is essential for the success of any gold prospecting venture. Living in La Ceiba has me centrally located. I explored some caves on the Isle de Guanaja a few months ago but want to find that right piece of property on the mainland. There truly is gold in them hills and I too have enough energy for one more great gold prospecting adventure. Any suggestions?
Stan's response: David, I followed Howard Jennings' gold prospecting footsteps in Honduras. We first visited the site of the lost gold-laden city of Olancho as explained in his book, "The Treasure Hunter". The ruins were still virgin and unexcavated back in the 80's. This is one center for modern gold prospecting.
Then we went to the Mosquito Coast and traveled upriver on the Paulaya River in a dugout canoe with a small group of Mosquito Indians. Just above Las Champas, we discovered an ancient gold-bearing channel that was feeding gold into the main river. The early Spanish had gold mined there in the 1500's. It looked like a commercial gold mining possibility. However, I didn't like the heat and remoteness so I decided to pass on any further work there.
In Palacios, we stayed with a great guy named Felix. He showed us a pre-Colombian ceramic artifact of a stegosaurus dinosaur. That really made my day!
With a little more research, you will find other commercially viable gold prospecting deposits near the border with Nicaragua.
Good luck! Let me know...