Mining Investments Should be Rewarding.

It might seem obvious, but many exploration companies lose sight of the fact that investing in mining should be prosperous. For years, mining companies have wasted precious resources on strategies that strip investors of any meaningful returns. Pucara Resources believes that prosperity should infiltrate every stage of mining. It’s our mission to reward shareholders, the communities we work in, and the partners we work with. This mentality has fueled decades of successful grassroots exploration work in Peru, and our team of management and advisors have left a trail of successful discoveries to prove it. Pucara has a well-funded capital structure, notable industry partners and fully owned targets in the heart of Peru. It’s a powerful combination that’s ready to redefine what prosperity means in the mining business. 

If you spend any amount of time in Peru, you’re likely to come across ceramic bulls adorning various local buildings. Known as Torito de Pucara (“small bull of Pucara”), these tiny bulls have a long history with the people of Peru. As a symbol of prosperity, the Pucara bulls were believed to bring good luck and crop fertility. At Pucara Resources, we’ve adopted this symbol as a reminder to stay focused on the prosperity of the communities we work with and our shareholders. At every crossroads, our mission of holistic success guides our decision-making process. And while we’re confident in our experienced management team and the quality of our properties, we know that a little luck goes a long way in this business.

  • Location


    Peru is one of the top six gold producers in the world. Some experts speculate that the country has the largest non-discovered gold resources on earth. Most of Pucara’s properties are located within the Ayacucho corridor, a mineralized zone in Southern Peru that has attracted the likes of several major mining companies. In addition to the rich geology, Peru’s legislation surrounding mining regulations has created an attractive environment for investors. Support for the mining industry has led to strong economic growth and Peru's middle class has grown and strengthened over the last number of decades. Pucara has been a part of this transformation, with management that has been working in Peru’s mining industry since the early 1990’s.  

  • Reputation


    An exploration company is only as good as its people. So we've put together a management and advisory team with some of the most experienced individuals in the industry. With regional expertise and geological modelling, our team is focused on making the next major mineral discovery in Peru. But our reputation doesn’t stop with a world-class team, it expands to the local communities where we work and the mining partners we work with. For over three decades, our management has been investing in the people and families that work alongside us. Our goal is to ensure that every project we are involved in is rewarding for every party involved. Learn more about our management and advisory team below.

  • Mineralization


    Pucara’s properties cover over 485 square kilometres of land in the Ayacucho corridor, a Northwest-Southeast trending zone of mineralized tertiary-aged volcanics in Southern Peru. Our two principle properties, Lourdes and Pacaska, show comparable mineralization to other producing gold mines in the area. Our technical advisory board has been hand-selected to include world-renowned geologists that have made significant discoveries with similar mineralization. These extensive high-sulfidation trends are well defined and advancing rapidly to drill-ready targets. In addition to the principle properties, Pucara has optioned several targets that are actively being advanced by respected mining partners. Discover more about our projects.


  • Steve Zuker

    MSc Geology, QP
    CEO, Director

    Mr. Zuker is a geologist and Qualified Person (QP) with 30+ years of experience in economic geology and exploration geochemistry in North and South America, and Asia. He has focused on precious and base metal exploration in Peru for the past 22 years during which time he built Pucara’s exploration team and project portfolio. Prior to Pucara, Mr. Zuker held senior positions with Esperanza Resources, Harrods/Gallant Minerals, Cominco Chile, Westmont Mining, & FMC Gold.

    David Awram

    BSc Geology

    Mr. Awram is a co-founder of Sandstorm Gold Royalties and oversees its corporate development team and due diligence process. He has evaluated hundreds of resource projects and has completed on-site due diligence on dozens of mines across the globe. Prior to Sandstorm, Mr. Awram was Director of Investor Relations for Wheaton Precious Metals (formally Silver Wheaton Corp.).

    Andy Swarthout

    BSc Geology

    Mr. Swarthout is a recognized leader and mineral explorer with an extensive history of ore deposit discoveries and project acquisitions in the Americas. Mr. Swarthout founded Bear Creek Mining in 2000 where he discovered two world-class silver deposits with combined reserves in excess of 450 million ounces. Prior to this, Mr. Swarthout was Vice-President of Exploration for Southern Peru Copper during which time he was responsible for the discovery of the Shahuindo and Los Chancas deposits and significant reserve expansions on the company’s two porphyry copper deposits as well as initiation of the acquisition of the Tia Maria copper deposit. 

    Lynda Bloom

    MSc Geology

    Ms. Bloom is an exploration geochemist with 40 years of minerals exploration experience. She is the principal of the consulting firm Analytical Solutions Ltd. with 20 years of experience as a senior executive/director of public companies. She received the 2020 PDAC Distinguished Service award for extensive volunteer work and is on several advisory boards including the Canadian Securities Administrators Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Commitee.


    Gordon Fretwell


    Mr. Fretwell is a self-employed solicitor practicing in corporate and securities law since 1991. He serves as an Officer and on boards of several public mineral exploration companies including: Asanko Resources, Auryn Resources, Canada Rare Earth Corp, Coro Mining, and Quartz Mountain Resources.

    Steve Krause

    CA, CPA, ICD.D

    Mr. Krause has worked extensively with mining, mineral exploration and development stage companies in the Americas. Mr. Krause is also the CFO of Viva Gold Corp. and a director of Kodiak Copper Corp. and  CEO of Avisar Everyday Business Solutions Ltd. In addition, Mr. Krause was the former Chairman of Luna Gold Corp. and former CFO of Bear Creek Mining Corporation. He holds a CPA, CA designation in British Columbia, is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of BC. 

    Arístides Chavez

    BSc Geology
    Country Manager

    Mr. Chavez is an exploration geologist with over 25 years’ experience in gold exploration and mining in Peru. He discovered the San Luis gold-silver deposit, a 350 koz gold (22.4 g/t) and 9.0 Moz silver 578 (g/t) deposit. 

  • Ken Balleweg

    MSc Geology

    Mr. Balleweg is an exploration geologist with 30+ years of exploration and production experience and expertise on volcanic-hosted epithermal gold deposits, particularly high sulfidation deposits, and Carlin-type systems. He has worked for Placer Dome at Cortez where he made the first intercepts in the Gold Rush deposit, and Alamos Gold at Mulatos where he added over 2 Moz of gold reserves.

    Keith Laskowski

    MSc Geology, QP

    Mr. Laskowski, a mining geologist, has worked in 40 countries and has 35+ years’ experience in discovery, development, extraction and financing of precious metal mining projects. He is currently Vice President of Technical Services with Sandstorm Gold Royalties. Previously Mr. Laskowski was at the IFC, a division of the World Bank as Principal Mining Specialist, worked for 17 years at Newmont Mining Corporation, and served in executive roles with several junior companies.

    George Salamis

    MSc Geology

    Mr. Salamis is currently President and CEO of Integra Resources. He has over 30 years of experience in the mining and resource exploration industry. Mr. Salamis has been involved in over $2 billion of M&A transactions. Mr. Salamis was most recently Executive Chairman of Integra Gold Corp. which was sold to Eldorado Gold Corporation for C$590 million. Mr. Salamis has discovered, financed, built, managed or sold more than five major mineral deposits around the World. 

    Bill Gee

    MSc Geology

    Mr. Gee has 40 years of minerals industry experience in discovery, corporate development, project advancement and acquisition. He has held various technical and senior positions with Newmont, North Mining, Pegasus Gold, White Cloud and Empirical Discovery, NewWest-Fronteer and Evolving Gold.

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