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...

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Apr 21, 2013
Dredging the Mosquito Rivers of Honduras
by: Bob K

I am taking a month long exploritory trip to Roatan and the Mosquito Coast of Honduras in July of 2013. I am going to do some work with a metal detector both on Roatan and other areas. I am aware of the risks mentioned in the Mosquito area of Honduras, but still feel the area is calling me.

I, too, have read about Jennings and his 80 pounds of gold. I would be more than happy with maybe 10 pounds, but that's beside the point. If all goes well with my trip, I plan on returning in 2014 with a dredge and a plan. Perhaps we could work together.

Stan's response: Bob, numerous people, including Robin Moore himself (when he was alive), warned me of the risks of this area. As I have already mentioned, I only met helpful and friendly people during my entire expedition.

Feb 13, 2013
Honduras Gold exploration
by: Marty

Greetings All! I decided that I, too, would follow in Howard Jennings footsteps and explore the river near Las Champas for gold. So I set out from Tennessee, shipped a dredge and other gear necessary for a one-month expedition into the area.

After arriving in country, everyone I asked about the area gave me the same warning: Do not go to that area... it is controlled by the drug cartels and they will kill you. I finally found a guide willing to make the trip. However we were only going because he knew certain people and our cover was to be as attachments to the fruit company working in a village further down river.

So, each day we would be required to travel several hours upstream to get to the site. This option was not favorable due to our time schedule.

My guide was a native of the Mosquito coast and told me of a river where the native inhabitants were currently recovering gold and suggested we go there instead.

After receiving numerous warnings not to go to Las Champas, I decided to follow his suggestion and explore the areas he was speaking of. It was quite an adventure and I did indeed find gold.

But that's another story, my main objective with this writing is to help others who may be interested in going to the old Jenning's site to know the current situation.

Even on the other river I explored, I ran into another person operating a large dredge, through my translator he said, "Yes, its good you did not go there, they may have even let you work a few days, but then they would have taken anything you got if they didn't just kill you."

So, I was glad I didn't go there, but I was also so very disappointed. And this was May/June of 2012. Times have changed since Jennings was there. Now the main source of income for the village is running drugs for the cartels and they do not like visitors on the river.

Stan's response: Thanks for sharing your awesome experience Marty. Your story brought back a lot of memories from my time in Las Champas in the 80's. I guess it is time to move on to bigger and better adventures now.

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