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"Adios, Satipo."
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Satipo was a Peruvian guide/thief who, in 1936, along with Barranca and several porters, helped guide 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 eleven years later to find Satipo's corpse still attached to the trap that had taken his life along Forrestal's skeletal remains. The archaeologist reproached him for not throwing him his whip when he had the opportunity and continued on his way until he discovered the Jeweled Chachapoyan Idol and escaped from the temple with it.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Satipo was portrayed by Alfred Molina in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This was the first big film role of Molina's career. Satipo is named after the Peruvian town of the same name located in Junin, Peru.

In Lawrence Kasdan's first draft of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Satipo accompanies Indiana Jones to the temple, but his fate was not to be killed the spike traps like in the finished film. Instead, after he gets the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol, he flees the boulder with Indiana Jones, only to be killed by the Hovitos under the orders of Belloq (a fate which would later go to Barranca).[4]

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 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 it, and continues his escape.



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