Anyone who’s had the misfortune of falling down a cable TV rabbit hole and catching a few episodes of the popular History Channel series “Ancient Aliens” knows that, according to UFO conspiracy theorists, Peru is a hotspot for extraterrestrial activity.
A number of archaeological sites, including Sacsayhuaman, the Nazca Lines, and Ollantaytambo are cited as evidence of alien influence on earth. These days, however, it may be time to revisit those claims— at least if the reopening of Peru’s Air Force Office for the Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (DIFAA) is any indication.
According to Raw Story, Colonel Julio Vucetich of the Peruvian Air Force told press that the DIFAA hopes to serve as an outlet for people “who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information.” The Telegraph reports that the DIFAA was originally created in 2001, but shut down a few years later because of administrative problems.
Raw Story reports that the reopening of the DIFAA is related to the increase in UFO sightings in Peru that has occurred in recent years, especially in the city of Marabamba, in Huanuco.
It’s worth noting that archaeologist Manuel Aguirre Morales stated at the announcement that the Nazca lines were not created by aliens, saying “There are only some testimonies from people, and sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena that people have seen could have been spy planes, or a certain kind of technology that is sometimes used to gather topographical information.”