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How and where to spot a UFO

Whether you’ve already had an extraterrestrial encounter or just fancy a bit of an unusual holiday, here are the destinations where you’re most likely to spot a UFO.

A canyon near Alto Paraíso in Goiás, Brazil

A canyon near Alto Paraíso in Goiás, Brazil

Alto Paraíso, Goiás, Brazil

Alto Paraíso (also known as ‘Highland Paradise’) is home to over 40 different spiritual communities including Daimists, Hare Krishna, Buddhists, and Protestants. Due to the area’s geological layer of quartz crystal, Alto Paraiso has always been attractive to people interested in alternative philosophies and natural therapies.

This interest extends to the extraterrestrial and there have been numerous flying saucer sightings. Pousada Meu Talento has uninterrupted views of the mountain, making it the ideal place for UFO spotting.

The Buenos Aires skyline

The Buenos Aires skyline

Villa Urquiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On Boxing Day in 1988 more than 7,500 witnesses saw a silver UFO fly over Villa Urquiza, a densely populated Buenos Aires suburb. The UFO also popped up on the local airport’s radar and was reported as flying towards General Paz Avenue.

Whether it ever arrived is not known but the area is still full of people who claim to have witnessed the event and there are have been other – smaller – sightings since. With panoramic city views Estomba 2648 Apartment is ideal for flying saucer fans.

Darwin, gateway to the UFO capital of Australia

Darwin, gateway to the UFO capital of Australia

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

While the most recent UFO sighting in Villa Urquiza was decades ago, Darwin in Australia seems to be having them every other month. In January 2016 a strange object was filmed travelling at great speed across the sky and the story was picked up by media around the world. Since then there have been more sightings every year.

Aparthotel Darwin Waterfront gives UFO watchers a great view of the city and while Darwin has plenty to keep UFO enthusiasts entertained it’s also a great base for visitors hoping to visit Wycliffe Well. This small roadhouse claims to the be the UFO Capital of Australia and the combination of great beer, stunning scenery, and tall tales makes it well worth the trip.

Welcome to Roswell...

Welcome to Roswell...

Roswell, New Mexico, USA

For most of us, Roswell in New Mexico is the first location that comes to mind when the subject of UFOs is raised. In 1947 the town became famous for the Roswell UFO crash, despite not actually being the closest town to the crash site (that would be Corona).

Today Roswell is home to the International UFO Museum and Research Centre, an annual UFO festival, and dozens of alien-themed shops, bars, and landmarks. The town’s obsession with UFOs even extends to a restaurant built in the shape of a flying saucer and UFO-spotters will find the TownePlace Suites Roswell a great place to start their tour of the town.

The city skyline, seen from the Toronto Islands

The city skyline, seen from the Toronto Islands

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In March 2017 the Toronto Sun reported that there had been over a thousand UFO sightings in Canada during 2016 and that the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) were launching an investigation into the latest sightings in Ontario. The city of Toronto hosts the annual Alien Cosmic Expo Conference every July, on account of UFO sightings being far more common during the warmer months.

UFO fans are recommended to book a room at Christine’s Bed & Breakfast in St Catherine as this small Ontario town has seen 8 flying saucers in the last few years and the locals are very happy to talk about their rather unusual visitors.

UFO-spotting in Johannesburg, South Africa

UFO-spotting in Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg has long been known for UFO sightings, encounters, and even alien abductions. In fact until a few years ago they were averaging two incidents per year. While no one knows why reports have recently dropped you can still see photos of the latest incident via #UFOSA.

Get close to the action by checking into the Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments, the closest hotel to the 2015 sightings.

Saltos del Maule in San Clemente, Chile

Saltos del Maule in San Clemente, Chile

San Clemente, Chile - UFO trail

Chile’s first UFO trail was established by the country’s Natural Tourist Board in 2008 and it’s proved so popular that within a year the tour was credited with boosting tourism to San Clemente by 5.5%. And it’s easy to see why it’s proved to be such a draw.

The tour takes a winding 30km path through El Enladrillado – a mysterious landscape of over 200 neat blocks of rock which many believe were originally flying saucer launchpads – and includes the locations of many of Chile’s most famous UFO sightings. Before setting off, sky watch in comfort at El Cerrillo Bed & Breakfast.

"The Costa del Sol for aliens"

Falkirk, Scotland

The Falkirk Triangle was recently dubbed “the nearest thing there is to the Costa del Sol for aliens” by the Scottish National Tourist Board. The Triangle stretches between Falkirk, Fife, and the outskirts of Edinburgh, and has roughly 300+ UFO sightings every year.

The small town of Bonnybridge (population 6,870) has been named as the epicentre for all this abnormal activity and some experts have tapped it to be the next UFO capital of the world. Visitors hoping to be on the spot for a UFO sighting are recommended to check into the Doocot, an elegantly converted 1840s stable block next to Bonnybridge House.