LIMA -- A group of shepherds sighted six unidentified flying objects over the Pampas Lampa sector of Recuay province, some 79 kilometers south of Huaraz, according to a news item featured in the Feb 3 edition of Lima's "El Expreso."
According to one of the witnesses, Silverio Cancio Bedoya, 40, the strange objects appeared in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 31, allegedly emerging from the Cococha Lagoon, a body of water located some 4,200 meters (over 13,000 feet) above sea level.
Silverio explained that the vehicles formed an enormous circle around a "mothership" heading north toward the Santa River, illuminating the entire valley with a sequence of lights ranging from deep purple to light violet.
Frightened by their experience, the shepherds told "El Expreso" that the largest vehicle landed in the Romatambo sector, and that two little figures emerged from within to gather algae from the banks of the Santa, while the other objects remained suspended in mid-air.
UFO LANDS IN PERU
The newspaper El Expreso of Lima, Peru ran a story about a UFO landing high in the Andes in its February 3, 1996 edition.
According to El Expreso, six UFOs appeared over a remote mountain meadow, Pampas Lampa, near the town of Recuay, which is 79 kilometers (47 miles) south of Huaraz. The UFOs badly frightened a group of Quechua Indian shepherds tending their flocks. Pampas Lampa is at a very high altitude, 4,200 meters (13,650 feet) above sea level.
Eyewitness Silvio Cancio Bedoya, 40, said the UFOs appeared before 8 a.m. local time on Wednesday, January 31, emerging from the Lago (Lake) de Cococha. Cancio said the UFOs formed a protective circle about a larger "mothership." Then the flight proceeded north to the Rio Santo. The UFOs "illuminated the whole valley with a sequence of lights ranging from deep purple to light violet."
The "mothership" landed upriver from the village of Romatambo. Two occupants emerged from the UFO. The Quechua Indians described them as "one meter tall" (3 feet, 3 inches) with large, oversized heads, long, spindly arms and short bandy legs. The occupants were wearing gunmetal gray helmets and matching one-piece coveralls.
Cancio said the UFO occupants took out transparent containers and, ignoring the shepherds, collected many samples, including soil, grass, mountain flowers, plus water and algae from the Rio Santo. At about 8:40 a.m., the occupants reentered the "mothership," and then all of the UFOs "zoomed straight up into space."
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