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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The UFO that landed near the Nazca drawings in Peru of 1972

One of Peru's most famous UFO encounters took place near Nazca, a place well known for its enormous land drawings that can only be seen from the air at great height. 

On February 3, 1972, in the early morning hours, two feed storeowners, Tito Rojas and Adolfo Penafiel set off from their desert town about 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Lima (the capital) to make a delivery. The men loaded their flatbed pickup truck and traveled under the hot summer sun high in the cloudless blue sky. (Please note: In Peru, as in other southern hemisphere countries, February is a summer month).

While driving north on the Pan-American Highway, they hoped to catch a breeze off the Pacific Ocean by rolling down the truck windows.  The view on both sides of the road was a single colored landscape with brown sand, jagged rocks and a rugged cordillera rising on their right.

As they were crossing the desolate Pampa Carbonera south of Nazca, the truck's radio, which had been tuned to a station in Arequipa, began to act up. The Latino music faded in and out. Bursts of static obliterated the music. Finally, the radio started emitting just static, and then it went silent.

"Not again!" Tito said, and he thumped on the dashboard with his right fist.

Suddenly, the pickup truck's engine began to malfunction.

"Now what?" Tito infuriated, stepped down hard on the gas pedal.

The engine raced, but the truck didn't respond. Zigzagging the stick-shift, Tito tried for a lower gear, but the engine continued to sputter and to cough. Finally, it quit completely, and Tito coasted the pickup truck over to the sandy shoulder of the highway.

"It might be the gas filter," Adolfo said, as they exited the truck's cab.

"I think it's the battery," Tito replied, "The radio is out. So is the door light. I hope it's a bad connection."

"Why do you say that?" asked Adolfo.

"Because if we need water, we've got enough," Tito said, gesturing at the bota-bag (a sort of canteen made of leather) dangling from the gun rack. "But it will take all day and all night if we have to refill it."

Lifting the hood (bonnet in UK), Tito licked his thumb and pinky finger and touched the battery's terminals. He let out a fierce yelp.

"Madre de Dios!" He shook his hand unbearably. "That wasn't the problem!"

Adolfo, who was looking towards the rugged streams near the coast, pointed suddenly, "Look!"

"Look at what?" Tito replied.

"Out there on the pampa." Adolfo squinted against the morning sun's glare. "I think it's a car."

"A car, out there?" Exasperated, Tito turned to that direction. "You're seeing things. There's no way a car could have driven..."

Tito abruptly stopped talking. He had seen it, too; a silvery gleam in the midst of the small sand dunes. Shading his eyes, he added, "You're right. There's something out there. What the hell is that?"

"Let's find out," Adolfo said, sliding down the highway embankment, kicking up a miniature avalanche of pebbles and sand.

The two feed dealers hiked across the desert. As they closed in on the spot, the sun dazzle lessened, becoming a shiny gleam on the mirror-like silver surface of a large disc.

The excitement had Adolfo's heart pounding. "Caramba! Un disco volante!" (Good gracious! A flying disc!)

It was a flying saucer, all right. What ufologists call "a daylight disc." The object rested on a tricycle landing gear. There was no sign of any lights, windows or openings. Later they described the craft as 15 meters (50 feet) long and four meters (13 feet) high. Its surface was so highly polished that the men’s gaze rebounded painfully from the sun's reflection.

At that moment, to add to their surprise, the craft's occupant rounded the front of the saucer. Adolfo described the alien as, "a man of average height, wearing green clothes under a transparent spacesuit."

Instantly Tito and Adolfo began running towards the saucer. They hurried to the place to greet the strange visitor. But as soon as the alien saw them, he stopped his inspection of the pampa and took off.

The saucer rose into the air with a shrill metallic whine, a sound familiar to the people who live in the Nazca area, which would seem to indicate that the pampa is a landing field for extraterrestrials.

Tito and Adolfo watched as the disc rose into the sky at a nearly vertical angle and disappeared. After it was gone, they returned to the truck. On impulse, Tito put the key in the ignition, pumped the gas pedal and switched on. The truck's engine responded without hesitation. The Arequipa radio station came back loud and clear.

The Tito Rojas/Adolfo Penafiel case was the first of Peru's great UFO waves of the early 1970s. Before it was over, Peruvian ufologists "counted two hundred and fourteen (214) 'reliable' sightings in 1973. In more than ninety (90) percent of them, the saucers were piloted by beings that seemed human except for their size and the color of their skin. In eighteen (18) cases, the pilots appeared to be robots."


Peru is one of South America’s "hot zones" of UFO activities. This is because, according to some ufologists, they are drawn by the Nazca Lines (enormous land drawings that can only be observed from the air). This desolate area situated on a high, arid plateau stretching for more than 80 kilometers (50 miles), and one mile wide has made a clear-cut impression on several ufologists that the site was an airfield built thousands of years ago by or for space visitors. The lines become recognizable as birds, fish, whale, llamas, jaguar, monkey, spiders, birds, and plants or human figures only from a great height. But since they are so huge, you cannot make out these figures when standing on the ground. (See the Nazca drawings below)

One of the most peculiar drawings is carved on the high red wall of the cliffs in the Bay of Pisco. If you arrive by air from the sea, you can make out an enormous figure nearly 820 feet high from a distance of 12 miles. This figure looks like a gigantic trident or a colossal three-branched candlestick, which points the way toward the mysterious Nazca plain. But pointing the way for whom? It has to be for someone arriving by air from the sea.

What madness could have driven them to create an 820-foot high stone figure on the red cliff and what is wrong with the idea that the Nazca lines were laid out by the Nazca people to say to the "gods": Land here? What use did these lines have for people of thousands years ago, when they could only be seen from a great height?

The Swiss author Erich Von Däniken brought the Nazca Lines to world prominence with his 1968 book "Chariots of the Gods?”


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Although there have been many unexplained sightings in the town of Lajas, the situation there has been hyped by the amount of lies and exaggeration by a group of so-called, "ufologists" who ignore other areas of Puerto Rico to promote tourism in Lajas. That was evident when my wife and my daughter confronted a terrifying experience in the town of Aguada with extraterrestrials and that group of charlatans refused our plea for help. Of course, if it happened in Lajas they would have jumped on the opportunity for fame and tourism for that town. Those hoaxes and lies were approved and sanctioned by the then mayor of that town who named route 303 "The extraterrestrial route". The idea of building an "UFOport" (ovnipuerto), “la llorona sightings" and the biggest hoax of them all, "that a UFO crashed there" all this could only be found in a science fiction novel.

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I worked 20 years for the New York City Department of Correction. First as a Correction Officer for 4 years, Captain for 12 years, and as a Deputy Warden for 4 years. As a law enforcement officer and supervisor, I have conducted countless of criminal investigations, some for unimaginable allegations.

On June of 2005, after my retirement, I moved to Puerto Rico with my family where my wife and my daughter faced extraordinary experiences with extraterrestrials. These alien encounters, subsequent abductions of my wife and the lack of help from so-called, "ufologists" here on the island, prompted me to become involved in the field of ufology and in the need to help others who have had similar experiences.


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