McGill Research Group Investigating
Canadian Mining in Latin America

El Salto, Colombia

Key Data

Company:Compañía Minera de Caldas S.A., Colombia Goldfields Ltd. Operational status:exploration Materials extracted:copper, gold Type of mine: Main issues:labour, land rights


Synopsis: The El Salto site is part of the Caramanta Exploration Properties, a project which also includes Marmato, just 4.5km to the south. Like Marmato, El Salto sits on millions of ounces of gold, which the company is interested in extracting via open-pit mine. Artisanal mining of the gold deposits is a livelihood for those living in the area, and the development of the mine would put an end to this century-old practice.