Gold Digging in Centuries-old Tradition
14 November, 2022 by
Desirée Binternagel

In the south of Peru lies the district of Ananea in the province of Puno, about
4,700 meters above sea level. The area is characterized by cold and
snowy weather with temperatures between -10 °C to + 10 °C.

Traditionally, the local people live from alpaca breeding and wool production. Although this work is an important part of their identity, it does not offer sufficient economic prospects.

Gold has been found above the ground here for hundreds of years, mixed with other materials such as sand and gravel. Nowadays, open-pit gold mining is the most important economic sector in the low-income region.

Desirée Binternagel 14 November, 2022
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