Chasing UFOs: Alien Castaways

UFO cases come in all kinds of flavors, but few are as juicy as what Ryder, Ben and James have found in Brazil. In 1996 there was an incident in the forests outside of the city of Varginha. Some locals report that an alien ship crashed and that some survivors escaped into the jungle where they remain today.

To verify these claims, the team travels to Brazil on an adventure full of discovery and peril. Ryder, Ben and James begin their investigation with a local UFO investigator who was one of the first people on scene after this alleged crash. A.J. Gevaerd tells them that in the days after this supposed crash he saw how the military and police swarmed the area and carted out large pieces of what he believed were debris. A.J. also tells the team that it’s believed that the military captured two alien survivors, but others escaped into the forest. Following that lead, the team treks into the jungle to try and spot these aliens, or at least some evidence of their presence. However, the team gets more than they bargained for as day turns to night and they’re forced to camp in a rainforest full of spiders, reptiles and perhaps alien visitors.

Following more leads, the team then travels even deeper into the forest interior to a hidden cave where some say those aliens may be taking refuge. To get there, however, the team must take an unfamiliar form of transportation… a raft.  Floating down a river through the rainforest the team soon runs into trouble as the waters turn dangerous and they find themselves running wild, whitewater chutes. Shaken by their trip, the team arrives at the cave and travels into its subterranean depths where they find evidence that they’re not the only ones who have visited the site.

Heading back into Varginha to track down more clues, Ryder, Ben and James speak to three women who claim to have seen one of these aliens cowering in a vacant lot. Clearly shaken by their experience, the women describe a creature they took to be the devil. Overwhelmed by their story, James reacts in a way that complete shocks the others.

With all this testimony, there’s only one thing left to do— find the evidence. The team travels back into the forest to the site of this alleged crash. Believing that if a ship really did crash land there must be evidence, the team undertakes a daring night time mission to find some. Will they prove that aliens are marooned in the Brazilian jungle?


Tune in to Chasing UFOs: Alien Castaways Friday, August 10th at 10P et/pt.


  1. Stevie
    August 10, 2012, 2:56 am

    lol no wonder James is reaching his breaking point, he’s being forced to continually do night time investigations in the wild, and now it’s in the Brazilian jungle. I would lose it too if something like a Jaguar was staring at me and trying to kill me.

    Tell me where the logic is in this: “Hey guys, let’s go in the thick jungle with lights in our faces, in the pitch black of the night, and try to find some aliens” . . .

    This show could pave the way for a new genre, Reality Farce television. If you watch it as such, it becomes quite amusing, I must say.

  2. Bryce
    August 10, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Hey Stevie…you ARE aware that the lights you see glowing in there face is INFRARED …Right? That meen that it can not be seen in our normal spectrum and therefore is no hindrance to normal vision at night….hence the green camera pictures since it is coined “nightvision” ….but yeah it is no wonder they are stressed out …like “hey let’s go into the jungles of south America”…no sleep and all alone..bollocks!

  3. Cynthia Mattus
    United States
    August 10, 2012, 9:39 pm

    This is the worst UFO program…….whats going on ? Every week its more about Ryder in a tree or in the water orsomething stupid, no aliens …just kids fooling around….STUPID….Why dont you get serious about this….

  4. James Wade
    Austin, Texas
    August 11, 2012, 11:06 am

    Love the show, but I was a bit disappointed in the Brazil episode. Most of your episodes rely on finding the evidence through eyewitness reports. For example, investigating the actual crash location or searching the skies where something recent has been seen. In the Brazil episode it just seemed like you picked random locations to just shoot an episode. Hey, let’s go look in that cave, they might be there. Pleasanton, why are you searching at night to locate.or search crash sites, when visibility is week. Keep the show real with eyewitness reports, night sky investigations, daytime crash site investigations, and real known locations, not random caves or forest areas.

  5. John
    Iota, La.
    August 11, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Well, I would like to say thanks to James for his time and the effort he and the others have put into this production. It sure beats “Cash Cab” and all the “chef” shows out there. At least he’s out there trying. What are you naysayers doing to find out the truth? Nothing. It’s easy to sit on your laurels and criticize. If you can do it better, stop mouthing off, get off your butts, and show us what *you* have.. Thanks, guys, for your work.

  6. Steve
    August 11, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Even to me, a firm believer, the alien pic looked fake. That said, I’m surprised you all went out on this trip with such little direction. No true crash site, only 3 witnesses when there were supposedly many. Love the show, at least it’s supposed intent, and the 3 of you, but this show so far lands on the bottom. Hopefully hatGeo isn’t hindering your investigations, or sending you on wild goose chanses on purpose.

  7. CJ
    New Jersey
    August 11, 2012, 6:07 pm

    I had such high hopes for this show, but it seems to be going downhill. Why do we care about the spider webs? When they say they are going into the forest, trail, ect, alone; who is filming them? It’s not a camera on a tripod, too much movement and I don’t mean the cameras strapped to their backs. Watch as James is in the woods and the camera filming him is 5-10 feet away and moving to follow him. So they have another person filming them as they go alone into the woods, don’t make it a big issue that there will be no one to help you if someone is standing next to you. Granted the odds are small that they will film something, but stop filming the spider webs and other things that have no relativity to the show. Get back to the science, talk to people, get a surveyors map of the area where the crash was supposed to happen and look for a large indent in the soil like you did in a previous episode. They went camping in the woods, stay up and look with the Flir, set up a static camera to see if anything is walking around, don’t make us watch how to build a fire.

  8. Steve
    South Carolina
    August 11, 2012, 7:09 pm

    My wife and I could do a better UFO show than this. I am surprised that NatGeo would sponsor such drival as this. It is so amateur and such a waste of time and film. One minute of supposedly facts crammed into 60 minutes of of non-action. NatGeo please take a look at your famous magazine and take notes of how real journalism is done.

  9. David
    Vancouver, Canada
    August 11, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I like this show, and this was good episode. I really needed to see the human connection about the content.. it’s renewed my faith in the show to get out there and get some answers, or at least, some informed points of views.

    I noticed a trend though in the episodes, this one no different, and its kind of starting to lose me. The show is quickly becoming “Chasing UFOs & Retreating From Wildlife”. A lot of the really cool places you start to investigate don’t get the time they need to let their secrets out, or alternatively be proven false. I love how you’ve debunked a lot of the objects in the sky as having alien origins, and the Alien Mask gag you played was epic– you had me for a few! BUT, if I feel if you want to get to the heart of a lot of the questions you seek, you’ve gotta nip this “turning around, calling it a night, never coming back” trend that’s prevalent in the episodes. While I’m not saying you have to play croc hunter, or living with the bears, you think you should be better prepared for these situations as they seem to arise all the time. Going to a location with known bear population? Bring a ranger bear specialist (or similar) and bear repellant supplies. It’s stuff like this that would really let your audience know that you’re really serious about getting answers. That you realize the show spends a lot of time on wildlife, and that’s not really what the show’s about. Please, find ways to minimize the wildlife distraction. And if you can’t ahead of time, retreat, assess, and come back the next day. I don’t know how many more “whoa” edits I can take when it’s just an owl.

    But really, y’all do a great job putting this show together! Keep it up!

    ps- An official Facebook or email address would be cool. There isn’t really any way to interact with the show except the report a sighting..

  10. Deep ^
    August 12, 2012, 5:14 am

    You’re involved in something that keeps me around day after day. You’re doing what makes you tick. You’re compiling more testimonies, data, witnesses, etc.. The closer to the truth… the truth is best. All of you are doing what you can with what you have been granted. This area of interests are fatal in every way one lives at it. There are those that have and will go all the way to stop us and that’s a fact. Some will punch holes in the material. So what. The people that have been sincere with what they all have experienced is the S O S of what we, they, us need help in. Take what fits because I understand what you can and can’t do. Keep going and be careful!

  11. James
    August 12, 2012, 5:44 pm

    This was the worst show yet. Why the hell would you go caving with out proper gear such as hard hats with head lamps and water proof flash lights? Instead they use primitive combustible torches? WTF.

    Who ever green lighted this show should be fired, I expected more from Nat Geo. This show should be on Syfy with the rest of the stupid night time paranormal investigator shows.

    Another thing why the hell would you try looking for supposed ET castaways in the jungle at night? If these ET’s matched their description you would NEVER see them at night. Especially after living and adapting to the area for 16 years!
    With all the toys that they had at there disposal in previous episodes you would think that they could afford to ship an heat vision and IR camera with them instead having those stupid camera’s pointed at their face. I’m not watching the show to look at them I want to see evidence of UFO’s and ET’s! I could go on but my nerd rage is making me see red. Worst. UFO. Show. Ever. Please stop making it, your setting the disclosure movement back, or is that the intended purpose?

  12. Mark
    August 13, 2012, 12:25 pm

    If this show is to see another season, then it needs to clean up its act. What sets this show apart from every other investigative UFO show that has been made? Answer: NOTHING! Which is just what Ryder, Ben and James come away with every episode…NOTHING! They run aroung with their ifrared cams basically jumping at their own shadows.
    Yes, they talk to eye witnesses and do interview some legitimate folks in the military and law enforcement. However, it just seems that every episode is basically nothing more than a glorified field trip for these guys with little or no solid evidence at shows end. This show needs more investigative science I think, and less Scooby Doo mystery…where the plot is the same every episode.

  13. Lee
    August 14, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Hey Bryce, I beg to differ but those look like real night vision cameras to me, NOT IR. If so, they could be aided by low power LED which would be visible to others.
    Giveaway- vegetation typically looks much more white in IR. The green screens are common in nightvision cameras because the human eye can transition between the green image, and non-aided darkness easier.

    Perhaps Ben can jump in and tell us what they are actually using.

  14. Ben McGee
    August 16, 2012, 7:16 pm


    Great questions/observations. Actually, you’re both right. “Nightvision” and infrared (IR) are actually two versions of the same technology. So-called “nightvision-mode” typically means that the camera is sensitive to near-infrared as well as visual, whereas a full IR camera extends to longer IR wavelengths and usually records with a much more sophisticated set of color assignments, such as with the “thermal” cameras we used in the show.

    So, the short answer is that the apparent lights in our faces were 99% invisible to the human eye, and it was actually quite dark except for any flashlights we had with us. (The infrared LEDs surrounding the nightvision cameras on the backpack rigs would glow ever so faintly with a red hue, but that was it.)

    To get technical, @Lee, I think that you weren’t seeing a brighter IR glow from plant-life because those cameras were sensitive to both normal color as well as IR, so I doubt the IR sensitivity extended very deeply. (This is why sometimes you’ll catch a hint of a non-green color in the face cams, such as a red LED from a headlamp.)

    Hopefully this helped!


  15. Lee
    August 16, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Yes, thanks Ben!

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    May 13, 2013, 4:24 am

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  17. michael v. mirando
    May 13, 2013, 4:31 am

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  18. Rebecca Metz
    Leesburg, VA
    October 17, 2014, 4:12 pm

    First, I wanted to say thanks to Ben, Ryder and James for their time spent debunking ufo claims with science.

    I really enjoyed the “Indiana Jones” night hiking through the jungle with jaguars and owls and Ryder’s feeling of “the voice of a little girl.” This was very suspenseful! May I suggest a day hike through the location first , to give your viewers a better idea of the miles covered and terrain you are encountering, before your evening hike? Also, I agree with David from Vancouver, Canada if you know that Bears will be a problem at a given location bring a Ranger Bear Specialist.. Please, for your personal safety bring a local Ranger who is familiar with the terrain and local happenings.

    About the scene where Ryder clims into a steep cave at night. I don’t know about all of you, but if I were a cave dwelling alien I would be pretty upset if I was woken up from my slumber with a flashlight in my face. I would shriek @###% and make some otherworldly noises so loud that would send the team careening down the cave at lightspeed. I wouldn’t invite the hikers in for tea. Just saying, if you want your viewers taking this show seriously then prepare for unpleasent situations. Have an ambulance on site at the base camp, bring a Ranger and a a heiicopter on site as well.

    The formula of starting the show with a few interviews followed by day field investigation and then evening camera viewing works well. Followed by a wrap up back at their office.

    The team was finding their groove when the show got cancelled. Please bring the show back National Geographic!
    Please give the team another chance because the show has a lot of potential!