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Mining in the Atacama Region, Chile

Cachiyuyo de Llampos mining district

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Informative Chart
Location: District Cachiyuyo de Llampos
Commune Copiapó
UTM Location: E 399.500 / N69.94.300
Height: 1300 m - 2300 m
Location: (direct line) 38.5 km in N53E from Copiapó.
Road: 48 kms from Copiapó
Condition: Activity of small scale mining, prospecting and some abandoned mines.
Mineralization: Au (Cu), Tourmaline, Quartz, Wulfenite, Lindgrenite

The mining district of Cachiyuyo is subdivided into Cachiyuyo de Llampos and Cachiyuyo de Oro. It is a very heterogeneous mining district, with the north longitudinal railway line as its axis of infrastructure, although its construction in 1909 was quite young compared to active mines. Paul Treutler mentions mining in the sector (1853) and also mentions Inca mining activities.
The mining statistics in 1869 indicate a production of 146,074 kg of fine gold (per year 1869). We worked in 6 to 11 mines with a maximum of 223 people (January). The average grade in gold reached 145 ppm (or g/ton); not so bad. Most of the gold comes from the vein of the mine: Diana, Constancia, Descubridora and Carmen.

Ruins of the village Llampos
Railway station of Llampos
Historical roads

Pic Minas Lomas Bayas
The mines:
Andacollo mine
Carmen mine
Virginia mine
La Verde mine
Rajo de Oro mine

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Map of 1919
Map today

Pic Estadistica Lomas Bayas
Statistics, data 1869

Ubicación del distrito minero Cachiyuyo de Llampos

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Historical texts
Lorenzo Sundt - Andacollo
Paul Treutler - Minas de Cachiyuyo y Crisis de cobre
San Roman en Cachiyuyo

Mina Rajito de Oro
Photo: Interior of the Rajo de Oro mine

Distrito minero Carrera Pinto - Puquios en Atacama Mina Rajo de Oro en el distrito minero Llampos de Cachiyuyo Mina Virginia en el distrito minero Llampos de Cachiyuyo de Atacama Mina La Verde en el distrito minero Llampos de Cachiyuyo de Atacama Mina La Carmen en el distrito minero Llampos de Cachiyuyo de Atacama Mina Andacollo en el distrito minero Llampos de Cachiyuyo de Atacama Ruinas del pueblo Llampos en Atacama - Chile Estación ferrocarril de Llampos - Región de Atacama - Chile Aerodromo histórico de Carrera Pinto en Atacama - Chile Mapa del distrito minero Cachiyuyo de Llampos en Atacama, Chile
Map of the Cerro Blanco district (Atacama)

• Flores, H. (1938): Plano geológico del distrito minero Cachiyuyo de Oro, Santiago, Boletin de minas y Petróleo v. 8 p. 751 - 754)
• San Roman & Sundt, L. (1911): Estudios Jeolojicos i Topograficos del desierto i puna de Atacama Vol II.- Sociedad Nacional de Minería. (Collection W.Griem)
• Segerstrom, K. (1960): Carta Geológica de Chile, Cuadrángulo Llampos, Provincia de Atacama; 1:50.000.- Instituto de Investigaciones Geológicas.
• TREUTLER, PAUL (1882): Fünfzehn Jahre in Südamerika an de Ufern des Stillen Ozeans. - 3 Bd., 236 Seiten; Weltpostverlag, Leipzig.  (Especialmente página 206 - 216.  (Collection W.Griem)

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