Peru was the world's 6th biggest gold producer in 2011. [flickr.com]
Mine Production 2010: 164 tonnes
Peru was the world's 6th biggest gold producer in 2011. The country produced 150 tonnes of gold in 2011, down 8.5 percent compared to 2010. Peru's gold production reached a peak of 210 tonnes in 2006, but has dropped since then. Its explored gold reserves amount to about 590 tonnes, mostly concentrated in such provinces as Cajamarca (30 percent), La Libertad (16 percent), Apurimac (16 percent) and Arequipa (12 percent). The Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca is the top gold mine in South America, producing 42.5 tonnes (1.5 million ounces) of gold in 2010. The Lagunas Norte Gold Mine in north-central Peru is the 2nd biggest gold producer in Peru, outputting 23 tonnes (808,000 ounces) of gold in 2010.