Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Argentina: The Cerro Pajarillo Burn Mark



Source: Engimas Costa Rica (Costa Rica) and Planeta UFO (Argentina)
Date: 04.27.2021

Argentina: The Cerro Pajarillo Burn Mark

In 1986, residents of the province of Cordoba saw a craft that left a circle of burned grass measuring 100 meters in diameter on the side of the mountain. Since then, the "Pajarillo burn mark" turned into a worldwide UFO attraction.
The witnesses to what would become one of Argentina's most significant UFO cases were an old woman, Mrs. Esperanza de Gómez, her daughter Sara and her nephew Gabriel, age 11.
The events occurred in 1986 at Quebrada de la Luna, one of the spurs of Mt. Uritorco in the province of Córdoba. That evening, at 23:20 hours, they had finished playing a game of cards and were ready to turn in when a powerful bright light came in through the blinds of the only window in the house.
Sara was about to open the window, but she was paralyzed by fear. It would be her son Gabriel whose curiosity led him to take a look.
The boy would become the sole witness to what he would describe thus the next day: "I thought it was the Evil Light, because it came from the mountains. It got bigger and bigger and moved from one side to the other. Later, when the red light turned off, I got a good look. It was a round thing with windows. You could see the red light coming from the windows, and above it the light was clear."
The light vanished a minute later. Mrs. Esperanza, thinking that the light couldn't bode anything good, decided to go to bed and forget the event.
The following morning, the son of an old woman living nearby woke them up excitedly, asking to come see what had happened on the facing the house - a summit known as Pajarillo. It would be something that none of them had ever seen before: an enormous, perfect circle of charred grass (it was later ascertained to measure 100 meters (328 ft) in diameter)

[Translation (c) 2021 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Ariel Leiva and Guillermo Giménez]

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Costa Rica: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon on Video



Source: CIAL Observacion Ovni (Costa Rica) and Planeta UFO

Date: 04.25.2021

Costa Rica: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon on Video

 CIAL Observación Ovni shared a video of an intriguing object among the clouds . The text reads:  "The object was recorded as it came down the mountainside. It remains suspended and issues several pulses of light. Notice was given, and another fellow member was able to photograph it as well."

VIDEO at: https://youtu.be/1hKVQDPIrQ4

Friday, April 23, 2021

Yo Fui Testigo ("I Was a Witness") - Pursued by a Probe

 Source: FAO / ICOU

Date: April 21, 2021

 YO FUI TESTIGO ("I Was a Witness")

 Episode 11 - Pursued by a Probe

By Roberto Oscar Appendino

 "First and foremost, good afternoon. My name is Roberto Oscar Appendino; I'm from Bolsón and a member of FAO Patagonia as well as ICOU Patagonia. I'm honored to be able to tell you about the experience I had involving the UFO phenomenon.

 "Well, my experience, the first one was in 1984 or 1985 more or less in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, from where I had traveled with my mother to Bahia Blanca. I was small; I'd gone with my mother to Bahia Blanca. On the way back, eh, we were on the road in two separate buses, belong to the Tesmara company, as I recall, and at one point, as we were on the road, the bus driver, eh, asked us to look at the countryside, which would've been on the right hand side, because a bluish-green light was following us.

 "Well, those of us who were awake - because the time must have been two or three in the morning - all of those of us who were awake indeed saw a strange light, a bluish-green one, with bright flashes. The microbus stopped, those of us who were awake stepped outside, other passengers woke up, others did not. The other microbus following us also stopped, as it had been observing the same thing as us.

 "This object oscillated from left to right, level with the fields. I calculate that it must have been five or seven meters over the surface. Well...it oscillated from left to right, came over a bit closer to the road, something that frightened a few of the onlookers, as you can imagine. Well, in a matter of seconds it emitted a powerful flash that blinded us, and the object took off upward at such a speed that made further observation impossible.

 "Eh, that was in 1985 - 1985 indeed -  the fact is that I was greatly impressed by the sighting, given that I was already interested in the UFO phenomenon. I was watching TV series, Star Trek, well, you can imagine, a ton of series of this sort. This led me to tell my experience to Quique Mario, who was a family friend. He heard me out; I went to see several of his programs about the subjects he discussed, which set me on the path to becoming a researcher.  A UFO researcher.

 "Obviously, he guided me with his considerable experience, which led me deeper and deeper into the subject to this very day. Over the years I've come to see many things, I've managed to make some progress in my knowledge of the phenomenon and of course, I have long way to go. I figure that the years will go on and on and we will never get to the bottom of it. New things will keep emerging about the phenomenon that remain a mystery to us today.

 "But my purpose is to get to the truth, and make known all the information of events here in our area, in Bolsón and well, other places in Patagonia, continuously reporting events as they take place. So (coughs) that was my experience, the very first experience I had with the phenomenon, and as I said earlier, one that led me to become a researcher and gain more knowledge.

 "Here in Patagonia we have formed the RIO group with Roberto Pollola and Celeste Leguizamón, and we are now dedicated to the FAO Patagonia group, and will continue on the path of reporting the truth of all the events that take place in our area. We will follow the guidelines of those who take the UFO phenomenon as a serious matter. No commercialism or anything of the sort. Serious research as it ought to be conducted, that is our purpose.

 "Best regards to all and let us not stray from the path, as this is the proper one."

 [Translation (c) 2021 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Astounding Tales - First Journey to Tacuarembó (Uruguay)



[Researching UFOS in the southern hemisphere in the 1970s wasn't a matter of pointing a car in the right direction - it involved blood, sweat and tears and even running afoul of 'the usual suspects'. A remembrance of a journey literally into the heart of darkness - SC]

 Astounding Tales - First Journey to Tacuarembó (Argentina)

By Luis Burgos

 Among the ups and downs we have experienced while investigating the UFO phenomenon both in Argentina and Uruguay we find one that goes back quite a long time, to the days of the famous Tacuarembó case. This case occurred in 1973, and a long time went by, until 1988, before we could go and recover the metal fragments left behind from the event to the University of La Plata for analysis. But at first, our contact was epistolary, sending out letters that would take one or two months to arrive to our correspondent, Leonel Montes de Oca. He sent us so much information and some photographs as well, and obviously it made us want to be there on site, conducting research.

 The case occurred in May 1973, as rain poured down in buckets over the Uruguayan ridges of Pueblo Achar - a tiny little town - in the department of Tacuarembó, in the heart of Uruguay. Practically the whole town was aware of what had taken place. Don Isidro Tito, the owner of the property, thought at first that a lightning bolt had hit the ground, learned it had left a mark on the ground, a crater, and the story became widely known.

 What people don't know is how we organized the trip and how we got there, to Tacuarembó, because four years went by, between late 1976 and early 1977, before we could organize the first visit. There were two visits to Tacuarembó: 1977 and 1988, that is to say, a long period of time went in order to acquire and then confirm the provenance of that material. We have no doubt whatsoever that they are the product of a UFO.

 Clearly, the FAO (Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía) did not exist at the time, and we had CIFA (Centro Investigador de Fenómenos Anomalos - Center for the Investigation of Anomalous Phenomena) in the city of Ensenada, and it had only formed a short time before with members of the group I had founded back in secondary school, the Grupo Estudiantil del Fenomeno OVNI (Student UFO Research Group), so the few of us at the time organizes the trip, and we were even fewer by the time we set out. It was a difficult and costly journey, not like it is today. So we decided to undertake it with our friends Daniel Galastro, who recently passed, and Omar Becerro, a habitué of those meetings.

 We set out from Retiro to Zarate Brazo Largo, and we had to cross the river by ferry - there was no bridge at the time, the famous Zarate Brazo Largo Bridge - so we had to take a ferry to Uruguay. So, we got off on the Uruguayan side, and from there, to get to Tacuarembó, was quite an undertaking. There was no straight road. I remember that we took a bus that got us to Paysandú around two or three in the afternoon and the weather was excruciatingly hot. We were disoriented, because we had to get from Paysandú to Tacuarembó, and not just Tacuarembó, but to Pueblo Achar, a town lost somewhere on the horizon.

 So it was unbearably hot, we had nothing to do, and just waited for the microbus to appear around five or six o'clock. We just sat in the town square of Paysandú, and there was no one at all. It looked like a ghost town. No one at all, suffocating heat, just the palm trees that adorned the surroundings. In the distance we could see a group of fifteen or twenty people and we wondered what they were up to, gathered together in the street. We approached them to see what was going on, just being nosy, when they suddenly dived into a hall. It turned out to be the movie theatre. They were waiting for the Paysandú cinema to open so they could go in, leaving us alone on the street.

 The microbus got us to Tacuarembó very late at night. As I recall, it must have eight or nine o'clock at night. But from there we had to get to Pueblo Achar. But we were in Tacuarembó, I loved it, and it struck me that the tables and chairs were in the middle of the town square and the waiters would bring food, sandwiches, and beverages from the restaurants.

 So we went to the police, who got in touch with the people at Pueblo Achar, to alert the barracks to advise Leonel Montes de Oca and our correspondents that we were going to be boarding another microbus at ten o'clock at night, departing Tacuarembó, and reaching Pueblo Achar at midnight. But we didn't even make it to Pueblo Achar, because the microbus was heading for Montevideo [capital of Uruguay-SC] and we were being dropped off in the middle of the road.

 And so we boarded yet another bus, and the driver said at one point: "Those getting off at Pueblo Achar, get off here." We jumped off the bus with Daniel and Omar Becerro. The bus went on its way and we were utterly alone, unable to see a thing. Couldn't even see each other. Stunning darkness, in the middle of a lonely road and with no idea of where we were. In the distance, on a local unpaved road, we could hear a car and a light that grew closer and closer. It parked on the far side of the road and a voice called out: "Burgos!" "Yes, it's me! Who's there, Montes de Oca?" "Yes!" So right there we felt our hearts re-enter our bodies.

 The most striking thing is that the three who came to pick us up in that old country car were there with binoculars. A UFO had gone by half an hour earlier, and in fact went by every night at the same time. We had arrived at midnight or one o'clock and the UFO had preceded our arrival by half an hour.

 So they welcomed us and we stayed up chatting until two in the morning, they set up in a guest house in town, a very small town, and the next day we interviewed the witnesses, inspected the crater, saw that ground marks were still present, and strange prints had begun forming since early 1976, hundreds of them, so that the area was in fact a minefield of prints. In later years, Atalaya [the Atalaya case - SC] would become known as the one with the most recorded ground marks ever. But until then, Pueblo Achar in Tacuarembó held the title. The characteristics were the same - figure eights, ovals, horseshoe-shapes, all of them having the crater as their epicenter, formed the object that fell there in 1973, or landed there.

 What startled us the most was that the people were very hesitant. It was necessary to draw out their words one by one. We later found out that they were frightened - bear in mind, these were the years of the dictatorship in Uruguay. The Tupamaros, the guerrillas...and there we were, investigating UFOs in the middle of a ghost town. And the army had directly ordered people to turn in any photographic and film evidence of people who were talking "that UFO nonsense". So people were very frightened. They'd used the old excuse about the planet Venus, that everything was perfectly fine, the typical cover-up maneuver.

 So, we spoke to all the witnesses and finished up our field research. Then at night, it rained. There tremendous downpour and the lights went out in the community. The following morning we set off on the return journey, but strangest of all - and I'm not sure if it was a joke or what, but Leonel Montes de Oca confirmed it later, and Daniel Galastro didn't want to tell me, since I was the youngest of the three - they told me that the infamous Men-in-Black (MIB) had been around, two people following our footsteps, dressed in black. I'm not sure whether they could have been policemen, but anyway, the story spread in town that they were investigating us.

 But the funniest detail is at the end. Upon returning to our cities of Ensenada and La Plata, respectively, we found out about two things that we weren't aware of. First, upon returning to our homes, we heard on the radio that massive tornado had engulfed Tacuarembó, and that we saved ourselves from it by a matter of hours. A truly impressive phenomenon, according to the radio. Second, two or three days later, I heard from Mr. Montes de Oca that on that stormy night before our departure, a luminous object had been seen flying over - and landing- on the slopes outside Pueblo Achar. The UFO had been flying around in the rain, which is also a constant in cases of this nature.

 These, then, were the ups and downs of our first venture to Tacuarembó. The second would be worse, since there was an official intervention, of which I will tell you in the next installment.


[Translation (c) 2020 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Costa Rica: A UFO over Turrialba


 Source: PLANETA UFO and Enigmas Costa Rioca
Date: April 16, 2021

Federico Fonseca reports: "Friday 16 April 2021, 7:37 a.m. in Turrialba. Glowing disc-shaped object. I took a series of photos of it, but it only appears in one. The sighting lasted only a few seconds. The object vanishes from sight in the blink of an eye, always in complete silence. Photo was taken with a 40 megapixel camera, Huawei Cellular Mate 20 Pro."

[Inexplicata thanks Mr. Fonseca and contributing editor Guillermo Giménez for the  photo and story]

Venezuela: A UFO over Miranda State



Source: PLANETA UFO and OVNIS en Venezuela

Date: April 18, 2021

 Venezuela: A UFO over Miranda State

 The following information comes to us from renowned Venezuelan researcher Héctor Escalante through LaPatilla.com and Planeta UFO.

 On April 16, Luis Gonzalez saw a strange formation in the sky and managed to photograph it while he endeavored to take a photo of a firefly.

 "I was taking pictures of a firefly and then I saw the moon, which was lovely, but to my surprise, when I went to check my phone, it turns out this strange thing appeared," explained Gonzalez to journalist Hector Escalante, who further explained that the odd formation appeared in the sky, much higher than the firefly's location."

 [Translation (c) 2020 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Gimenez]


Colombia: Cundinamarca - A Region Known for UFOs and Abductions


Source: PLANETA UFO and INFOBAE (Argentina)

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021

 Colombia: Cundinamarca - A Region Known for UFOs and Abductions

 The mountains of the municipality of Tabio, Cundinamarca, not only conceal treasures of our country's natural beauty, but also seem to have been a place visited by beings from other worlds, according to the areas inhabitants. On April 5, 1991, a peasant from this area vanished without a trace, only to be found in Pitalito, Huila, and claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrials.

 Luis Heberto Rodríguez was nearly 37 and informed local newspaper El Tiempo that he left home early on horseback toward his job when he was intercepted by a device with a powerful beam of light. "I was placed in a glass cabinet which contained three silver-suited beings who made me take my pants down and placed a glass on my back. Whenever the light turned on, I lost consciousness, and I could see a tunnel with many entrances, as if I was flying in a plane," according to the newspaper account.

 In 2015 Blu Radio resurrected Rodríguez's story, saying that the man would wake up at night and tell his wife that he was seeing strange lights in the sky. His wife, as well as the locals, called him crazy and thought his story was the result of alcohol abuse. However, the radio station added that following his alleged abduction, Rodríguez - an uneducated peasant - spoke fluidly and proffered strange messages.

 This is how newspaper El Tiempo presented the story in 1991:


 Both media have spoken with UFO expert William Chávez, who has studied the mountains between Tabio and Tenjo for several years, compiling information about the presence of aliens, and also has had his own experiences with them. Chávez claims having over 100 images, audios and videos documenting the presence of UFOs in that part of Cundinamarca.

 The events share in common La Peña de Juaica, also known as the Gateway of the Gods, a mountainous region located amid the municipalities of Cundinamarca. According to newspaper El Espectador, on 24 September 1995, following a massive downpour, ufologist Chávez was in the area and had contact with beings of another world; an event witnessed by over a dozen people camped along the El Santuario trail.

 Since the 1960s, Chavez told El Tiempo, residents of Juaica have been reporting the strange disappearances of its residents. He told the story of an 18-yearold man who vanished in 1960 and reappeared in 1980, and was still 18 years old. The passing of time had exerted no effect on him. "His mother had aged and was afflicted with cancer. He said he had returned to heal her, having been with some beings known as 'altaluz' (highlight) from the Huaica dimension."

 Stories like this are told by residents and visitors who see lights and entities in La Peña, and for this reason it attracts curiosity-seekers. History Channel and other networks have been interested in stories regarding alleged alien contact on the mountain or the surrounding Cundinamarcan sierras.

 Locals and visitors alike state light exhibiting abnormal behavior can be seen behind Peña de Juaica. They attribute them to unidentified flying objects or mystical beings from other times.

 The lights of La Peña were identified by Muisca communities, who according to an article in El Tiempo from 1996, ascribed them to visits from the gods, calling them 'illuminated shacks' or believing they were dancing horses. Spaniards of the 16th century had also called the peak "the summit of dancing lights"

 Local peasantry and knowledgeable people have different explanations for the event. Some say it is a special electromagnetic force, which has not been ascertained; others believe in the presence of UFOs in the place and some believe in hidden treasures, the so-called guacas, concealed in colonial times by local natives.

 [Translation © 2020 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]