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Occurred : 5/22/2000 19:00 (Entered as : 05/22/00 07:00 pm)
Reported: 11/20/2000 14:07
Posted: 3/4/2003
Location: High Andean Plateau of Marcahuasi, Peru,
Shape: Sphere
Duration:one hour
14 - 16 high flying luminous spheres in the Peruvian Andes witnessed by 15 hikers from the USA.

We were a group of hikers camping at 14,000' on the Marcahuasi Plateau located northeast of Lima on the eastern ridge of the Andes. Just after the sun set, around 7:00 pm we witnessed 14 to 16 luminous sphere like objects in the sky for one hour. They would slowly fly across the sky, change direction and then reappear in another portion of the sky altogether. At one point a sphere "flashed" us appearing to have increaded tremendously in size briefly in an intense flash. We were able to clearly discern these objects from other meteor "shooting stars" that evening which were occasionally present as well. This event took place in a clear night sky without the moon, which rose hours later. The "flash" occured when I directed a question internally whether this could be my imagination. A few of the individuals in the group had other sightings but most of the group had never seen anything like this before. It was an entirely fascinating and extraordinary event which covered three days in total as one person in the grop had a contact experience the night before in the high andean village we stayed at before the ascent to the plateau, and again the following two nights on the mountain. We later learned of another group near Mt. Adams (Washington State), witnessed by reporter Michael Miley of UFO Magazine, had a sighting similar to our on the following days of May 23 and 24. Both sightings were witnessed by numerous individuals.