"Adios, Satipo."
Indiana Jones[src]

Satipo was a Peruvian guide/thief who, in 1936, along with Barranca and several porters, helped guide American archaeologist Indiana Jones to the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors.


Satipo and Barranca frequently hung out at Machete Landing in between expeditions.

In 1936, Satipo and Indiana Jones were the only members of their expedition to reach and enter the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors. After a fearful encounter with spiders, Satipo followed Jones in swinging across a pit on Indy's bullwhip. After Jones acquired the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol, the greedy Satipo betrayed him, stole the idol and left Jones to die.

Satipo death

Satipo's dead body after being killed by the spike trap.

However, Jones chased after Satipo and when he finally reached him, he discovered that Satipo had been killed by a spike trap which protruded from a wall. Jones recovered the idol from his dead guide and continued his escape from the cave.[2]

Jones returned to the temple some years later to find Satipo's corpse still attached to the trap that had taken his life. The archaeologist reproached him for not throwing him his whip when he had the opportunity and continued on his way.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Satipo was portrayed by renowned actor Alfred Molina in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first big film role of his acting career.

In Lawrence Kasdan's first draft of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Satipo flees the boulder with Indiana Jones, only to be killed once outside the temple by the Hovitos (a fate which would later go to Barranca in the finished film).[4]

In the video game Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, Satipo's role is drastically shortened. After noticing that they are in the territory of the Hovitos, Satipo is scared and Jones lets him go, therefore, Satipo betrays Jones. Satipo appears in the game LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, in which he actually manages to escape from the temple along with Indy, only to then betray him when it is revealed he was working for René Emile Belloq all along. In LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, the Peru sequence is omitted despite Satipo being a playable character.

Satipo, like Barranca, never appears in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney World. In the stunt spectacular, Indy independently goes to the temple to retrieve the golden idol. In the TV special, LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick, Satipo's role is the same as the movie. However, when he betrays Jones and claims the idol for himself, Indy knocks him out with the idol, and continues his escape.



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