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Royal Road Minerals

La LLanada

New mines for a new world

Royal Road Minerals

The La LLanada project area covers the La Llanada-Sotomayor goldfield. It is located approximately 53km west-northwest of Pasto in Nariño province of southern Colombia.

Rocks within the La Llanada region are predominantly Cretaceous age, shelf sediments, deep marine cherts and mafic marine volcanic rocks which have been intruded by Oligocene-Miocene age dioritic intrusions. Gold mineralization within the district is hosted for the most part in shallow-dipping quartz-carbonate-pyrrhotite-pyrite veins as coherent and relatively extensive structures in the dioritic intrusions and as veinlets and vein-stockworks in adjacent hornfelsed Cretaceous sediments.

The area is recognised for its high-grade gold veins (channel sampling by Royal Road has returned an average of 30 g/t gold across vein structures averaging 0.3m in width) and is the source region for the historic Barbacoas alluvial goldfield which has been in operation since the early 1600’s. Mechanised hard-rock mining commenced in the La Llanada district during the early 1900’s with development of the Las Palmeras and El Canada mines. These mines were managed and operated by North American companies until the start of the Second World War. Currently El Canada and Las Palmeras are operated by a local cooperative, ore is hand-picked. Total production at El Canada is estimated at approximately 2M Oz gold since the early 1900’s.

Prior to acquiring the La Llanada exploration titles from AngloGold-Ashanti, Royal Road conducted scout exploration drilling under an option agreement on the La Golondrina gold mine project. This was the first exploration scout drilling program ever to be completed at La Golondrina and in the immediate region which includes many other high‐grade, small‐scale gold mines. Drill holes targeted subhorizontal stacked quartz-carbonate veins and veinlet systems hosted in very strongly altered (biotite, amphibole, silica) tonalite and hornfelsed sediments with corresponding ground magnetic and induced polarization anomalies. Higher grade gold intersections (e.g. GOL‐16‐02; 47.8 grams per tonne gold over 0.25m), with elevated bismuth and copper were associated with quartz‐carbonate pyrrhotite veins up to 30cm wide and lower grade, broad intercepts (e.g. GOL‐16‐02; 24.9 meters at 1.0 grams per tonne, 14.3 meters at 1.0 grams per tonne and entire drill hole, 195.2 meters at 0.4 grams per tonne gold) were generally related with stacked subhorizontal zones of decimeter‐scale veins and shallow‐dipping interconnecting veinlets and stringer zones. Interestingly, even where the tonalite appeared devoid of veins or veinlets it was found to be anomalous in gold mineralization. The results indicate potential for a bulk tonnage intrusion-related gold deposit at and adjacent to the mine workings at La Golondrina. Royal Road is currently working on formalizing informal mine operations in the La Llanada district and is planning a regional ground magnetic and radiometric survey to complete coverage and understanding of the region comprising various known occurrences around the La Golondrina operation.

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Royal Road is focused on the discovery of “ Tier 1” gold and copper mines where they are most likely and most needed

We are the largest title and title application holder in Colombia with quality gold and copper exploration projects located in two main regions; The Northern Block, encompassing the prolific Middle Cauca belt, and the Southern Block, incorporating the most prospective and under-explored regions of the Andes.

Operating under the structure of a 50-50 strategic alliance with HEMCO Mineros Nicaragua, we are the exploration largest license holder in the Country. Currently, the exploration work in Nicaragua is focused on drill-testing three drill-permitted gold and copper-gold projects.


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