The Andean Porphyries 2017 International Study Tour will visit a selection of the most significant porphyry Cu-Mo, Cu-Mo-Zn, Cu-Au and Au systems and provinces, from Jurassic to Pliocene in age and from Chile to Colombia, including 'classic' porphyry, porphyry-breccia, porphyry-skarn, porphyry-epithermal deposits and their supergene oxide and sulphide derivatives.
The tour will be in two parts, straddling the proEXPLO 2017 conference in Lima from 8 to 10 May. The 3 day conference is to address Andean metallogeny, geology and exploration, and the main ore deposits located in Peru and the region. The conference papers will be predominantly delivered in Spanish, although I am advised continuous translation headsets will be available for English speakers. Participants must register for this conference separately, direct from the ProEXPLO 2017 website, and NOT through Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC).
Tour participants will have the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 3 or more days up to the full tour, as suits their budget, availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour should assemble in Santiago, Chile, at Noon on Sunday 23 April, 2017, at the meeting point to be advised by PGC approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The full Tour technical program will end in Bogota, Colombia, on the morning of Friday 26 May, 2017.
For those who take less than the full tour, start and end points and dates will be advised on confirmation of registration. Alternate start and/or end points include Iquique and Antofagasta in Chile, Lima or Cusco in Peru, Quito in Ecuador or Bogota in Colombia, or other locations en route, by arrangement.
During the tour, PGC will arrange all surface travel and book all scheduled airline flights, i.e., between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
Before and after the tour, each participant will be responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point and from the end point.
Closing date - registrations close on Friday 31st March, 2017, although late registrations will be accepted up to the start of the tour. Note however, that a number of the mines on the itinerary require a comprehensive medical examination to be undergone prior to the visit (see below), and the results forwarded (via PGC) for consideration by mine medical officers. Some of these examinations involve laboratory pathology tests that may take several days to complete. This will mean that for much of the tour, late registration will only be practical up to the end of the first week of April, 2017.
Mine/project visits - what is involved ? - each mine/operation is asked to provide a geological briefing on the deposit to be visited, its regional to local setting, geology, structure, alteration and mineralisation, but also the opportunity to study the alteration, ore, hosts, structure and country rocks, both in the mine (or exposure if not yet in operation) and in drill core, and at surface peripheral to the deposit, as appropriate and practical. In rare cases, host company safety policy may not allow an 'in pit' visit, but instead a geological overview from the pit lookout, but this is usually compensated by a thorough inspection of core from a representative selection of drill holes through the deposit. In the even rarer occasion where core is not available, a more thorough pit visit is provided. The content and emphasis of the visit and degree of access is at the discretion of the host company.
Tour Fees include the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joins the tour to when they leave, as well as all other costs associated with the tour, including development, organisation, escorting the tour, professional fees and costs for the geological translators, workshop venues, audio-visual equipment, mine visits, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for scheduled airline flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joins and leaves the tour are additional to the tour fee.
Note: The scheduled airline fares charged by PGC are estimated at the time of budgeting, with allowance for fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations and fare variations by the time of flying. Where the final fare paid by PGC is less than the estimated amount charged, the difference will be refunded at the end of the tour. Conversely, if the actual fares are higher than those charged, the difference will be invoiced after the tour.
Fares listed on the registration form and invoiced are based on a flexible, refundable economy fare for reservations that may be cancelled should participants withdraw after the booking is made, or parts of the tour do not proceed through lack of interest, or cancellation by mines. However, if discounted airfares are available when the tour is confirmed and PGC tickets the travel, these may be purchased and the difference refunded to you at the end of the tour.
Payment - Tour Fees and Air Fares must be paid to PGC at the same time, and by the due date specified on the invoice (which will usually be 14 days after the date of the confirmation letter if within 2 months of tour commencement - but may be longer for early registrations), but no later than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration (if places still remain), fees and fares must to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
Accommodation - All accommodation reservations for each participant between the start and end dates of their tour will be made by PGC. However, all accommodation costs must be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC , and are additional to the tour fees and air fares.
Some hotels may require pre-paymment by PGC on confirmation of reservation. These charges will be passed on to affected participants.
Meals - Participants will also be responsible for paying for their own meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and personal incidentals on tour.
Language - The official language of the tour will be English. The group will be accompanied by a translator, who will be an experienced geologist fluent in both Spanish and English to translate those presentations and discussions that are in Spanish. It is preferable that participants have at least a professional working proficiency in English. Those Spanish speakers without this level of proficiency must balance what they would learn from those presentations in Spanish and from their own observation of the rocks they are shown in the mines and drill core and asking questions of the host geologists, who will almost universally be able to converse in Spanish, versus what they would miss from those presentations in English.
Medical Examinations - Most of the deposits on the itinerary are at an elevation of >3000 m where altitude sickness may potentially be experienced by susceptible participants. All of these mines require some form of medical examination. A number of the mines on the itinerary, require all participants to undergo comprehensive medical tests before the tour starts. Each of these has provided a form detailing the required medical examination. The appropriate form for each of these mines will be forwarded to participants upon confirmation of registration. Participants to visit these specific mines/projects must undergo the medical examinations, which are to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner prior to commencement of the tour. The examining doctor must complete and sign each form separately (if more than one of these mines/projects is to be visited). Participants should then forward the completed form to PGC by E-mail by no later than Monday 10 April 2017. PGC will then forward the completed forms to the mines/projects involved. On arrival at the mines, participants will be required to undergo further tests. At most other mines/projects, all participants will be subjected to a less rigorous examination on arrival, involving blood pressure and/or blood oxygen measurements. A number of mines require an acclimatisation period of 12 to 24 hours at ~3000 m, where a medical examination will be conducted, before proceeding to the mine at higher altitudes. Other mines will conduct these tests on arrival on site. If, in the opinion of the mine/project medical staff, a participant is deemed to be at risk of altitude sickness, that participant will not be allowed beyond either the acclimatisation point, or the mine clinic, as applicable.
Safety equipment and apparel (PPE) - Please note that each participant MUST bring wear their own hi-vis shirts or jackets (or reflective hi-vis vest), steel toe capped safety boots and safety glasses. While all mines will provide hard hats, most require participants to wear these other items on site and will refuse a visit for those without these items. Note that the temperature at quite a few of the high altitude mines may mean you will need to wear a jacket. If so that jacket should also be hi-vis, or participants will need to wear their own reflective/hi-vis vest over the jacket.
Tour notes - As part of the tour, each participant will receive a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers cover the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Final itinerary - Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants will be forwarded a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they need bring is their field gear (including steel toe cap safety boots), personal affects, and credit card/ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Tour places are limited due to restrictions on numbers accepted by some mines.
For costs, visit dates and conditions, complete the Registration of Interest page, and links to the Tour Brochure and Registration Form will be E-mailed to you.
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