Estrella Gold has begun a 2,500m core drilling program at its Pucarana gold project in southern Peru.

The property contains 1,889 hectares of mineral land located 15km southeast of the Poracota gold-silver mine and 8km southwest of the portal of the Chipmo gold mine, both of which are operated by Buenaventura Mines.

The Pucarana gold project is held within a joint venture with Esperanza Resources.

Esperanza is the operator and is planning a first phase drill program including approximately 10 core holes totaling 2,500m.

The drill program is targeting favorable areas within a gold mineralized alteration system containing quartz veins, vuggy silica alteration and silicified bodies within a region of volcanic-hosted advanced argillic epithermal alteration, similar to the geology and alteration observed at the Chipmo Gold Mine.

The principal mineralized structures at the Chipmo Mine trend southwest towards the alteration zones present at the Pucarana project.