"Adios, Satipo."
Indiana Jones[src]

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, in which he lost his life after betraying Jones.


Satipo and Barranca frequently hung out at Machete Landing in between expeditions at the country of Peru, although they also had contacts in Venezuela and Colombia. The conniving duo looked for profit in whatever illegal activity they could find, whether it was trading junk with native jungle tribes for valuable stones and artifacts, collecting funds for phony jungle expeditions, or working as paid mercenaries to waylay others trying to find their fortunes in the rain forests.[2]

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 managed to save himself and 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.[3]

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 and continued on his way.[4]

Personality and traits Edit

As being a mercenary like Barranca, Satipo was a greedy and treacherous person who seemed not to be so that he could gain the trust of his clients, but at the end, along with Barranca, he robbed or murdered their clients after moving away from civilization. However, Satipo was more cautious and worrisome than his partner. Though a bit bigger than Barranca, he wasn't as determined or ambitious unless there was an immediate profit to be gained. When the treasure was in sight, Satipo could strike up the nerve to go after it, although this greedy attitude lead him to meet his fate. Most of the time, however, he prone to worry and suspicion. He would incessantly pick Barranca]'s plans apart, emphasizing all the different ways they could go wrong. He rarely hesitated to voice his concerns, a quality which quickly annoyed Barranca, especially when negotiating deals.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

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

In Lawrence Kasdan's first draft of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Satipo flees the boulder with Indiana Jones, only to be killed by the Hovitos (a fate which would later go to Barranca in the finished film).[6]

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 the idol, and continues his escape.



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