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


Everyday lifeEdit

Satipo ran scams in the South American jungles with his partner Barranca. They frequently hung out at Machete Landing in between expeditions.[2] The two con men had contacts throughout Peru, Colombia and Venezuela who set up jobs for them.[3] They often guided adventurers into the jungle only to then murder or rob them.[4]

Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors and deathEdit

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 tarantulas, Satipo followed Jones in swinging across a deep pit on Indy's bullwhip. He almost fell backwards into the hole when the branch anchoring the whip started to give way but Jones caught him. However, after Jones acquired the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol, the greedy Satipo betrayed him, stole the idol and left Jones to die.[5]

Satipo death

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

Jones chased after Satipo and when he finally reached him, he discovered that Satipo had been caught by a spike trap which protruded from a wall, killing him. Jones recovered the idol from his dead guide and made his escape from the cave.[5]


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.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Satipo was portrayed by Alfred Molina in Raiders of the Lost Ark in his first film acting role. Molina hadn't worked for the big screen before Raiders, but after 10 minutes with director Steven Spielberg, Spielberg was convinced to give Molina the role of Satipo. Molina loved the opportunity to work on the film in spite of the spiders scene.[7] The character was erroneously called "Sapito" in the video game Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, perhaps reflecting Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford's delivery of the line that was simply "Adios" in the film's script drafts and written as "Adios, stupido" in the Release Dialogue Script.

In Lawrence Kasdan's first draft of the film, Satipo flees the boulder with Indiana Jones, only to be killed once outside the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors by the Hovitos (a fate which would later go to Barranca in the finished film).[8]

In the video game Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, Satipo's role is greatly reduced. There he simply informs Jones that the Hovitos are near then disappears from the narrative without explanation. 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 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 show, Indy independently goes to the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors 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.

There were plans by Kenner in the 1980s for a Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors set which would have included an action figure of Satipo. The set, however, went ultimately unproduced when the whole Indiana Jones toyline was abruptly cancelled, although some concept art was made.[9]



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