Panning For Gold In Panama For Fun and Profit
Wednesday, March 28 2012 @ 03:29 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: I've often wondered the same thing myself. To be honest with you, I have no friggin' idea. Back when the US military bases were still here the Outdoor Recreation office would put together these "gold panning" day trips to the interior. They would load about 20 or 30 people into a bus, take them up into the mountains somewhere, and spend the day panning for gold. Now, I never went on that particular trip so I don't know exactly where they were going. And I have heard news reports about locals who engage in gold panning along the rivers, mostly when they get shot or killed or robbed by people who want to steal their gold. I don't know if it's even regulated. There's obviously "gold up in them hills" and it rains a whole lot in Panama, so obviously over the thousands of years, gold has been washed down into the streams and rivers. But as a hobby, I simply don't know. If it were me I would start by trying to find some locals who are doing it somewhere. If you just wanted to screw around as an interesting hobby, and not get serious or try to "stake a claim" or whatever, then they would probably be willing to entertain your presence, at least for awhile. And, they would be able to tell you the details of what you can do, what you can't do, and what will get you killed. Good luck, and happy hunting.
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