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The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa
The golden jaguar atop the camera-right stone pillar at the front of the Treasure Room.

Production Number

1-29 (29)


September 12, 1993


Blue Barracudas

Winning Contestants

Chris & Tracey

Artifact Location

The Treasure Room

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa is the 29th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

The first player from each team would cross the moat by pulling himself or herself hand-over-hand on the overhead rope; once they were across, their partner would toss them a bundle of rope which their teammate would catch— once the first player had the rope, they would coil it once around the base of the pole and brace theirself so their partner could cross in the same method (except they would walk on the underwater lower rope).

Moat Results
Place Team Time
1st Blue Barracudas 0:42
2nd Orange Iguanas 1:02
3rd Purple Parrots 1:28
4th Red Jaguars 2:11

Steps of Knowledge

In 1532, high in Andean South America, two royal brothers argued over who should become the next Great Inca. Their names were Huáscar and Atahualpa. Their argument grew so fierce it turned into a painful civil war known as The Inca War of Succession which lasted five years. Atahualpa finally defeated his brother, but the war left the Empire very weak. Soon after, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro came to Cusco, the capital city of ancient Peru, and captured Atahualpa and his subjects. Pizzaro offered to release Atahualpa from prison if the Incas would fill one room full of golden trinkets, and two rooms full of silver artifacts. Even though Atahulpa was granted the ransom, Pizzaro double-crossed Atahualpa and strangled him. The Spaniards melted down the gold and silver trinkets and sent their scraps back to Spain, except for a small statue of a golden jaguar, which was lost…until now.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was the ruler of the Inca empire known as…?
  • The Maya
  • The Inca
  • The Big Kahuna
Red Jaguars (2 steps left)
Did the Civil War between Atahualpa and his brother Huáscar last…?
  • 5 Years
Purple Parrots (2 steps left - Rang in before Olmec could finish)
Was Pizarro from…?
  • Peru
  • Norway
  • Spain
Blue Barracudas (2 steps left)
Were Pizarro and his men called…?
  • Conquistadors
  • Matadors
  • Crusaders
Purple Parrots (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (1 step left)
According to our legend, did the Spanish ransom Atahualpa for…?
  • Two Rooms of Silver and One Room of Gold
Purple Parrots (1 step left - Took the words out of Olmec's mouth)
Which of these animals did the Incas use for transportation?
  • Llamas
  • Camels
  • Ground Sloths
Purple Parrots (Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these is the name of the ancient capital of the Incas?
  • Kito
  • Dorito
  • Cusco
Red Jaguars (Wrong Answer - Not one of the three choices)
Blue Barracudas (Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Blue Barracudas are 13-year-olds Tracey and Chris. The Purple Parrots are 13-year-olds Kelly and Greg.

Temple Ransom Payment (Knotted Rope Mountain)

The Inca people had to fill one room with gold and two rooms with silver in order to set Atahualpa free. Chris and Greg had to bring their share of ransom to the top of the mountain. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to grab a gold brick, stick it to his helmet, and climb the palace using the ropes before them. When at the top, they then had to drop off the brick head back down, and repeat the process with a silver brick. The first player to get one gold brick and two silver bricks to the top or the player with the most bricks at the top in 60 seconds won. Greg made it back down with all three bricks at the top with 15 seconds left, awarding him a half pendant of life. Chris was only able to get two at the top.

Incan Canoes (Water Chute)

The Spanish were impressed by canoes the Indians used to navigate lakes and rivers with, because they were so light and fast. Like a canoe, Tracey and Kelly had to go down on the sluice belly down, and slide as far as they can. After stopping, they will run back and slide again. The player who slid the farthest at the end of 60 seconds won. Kelly made it the farthest, awarding her a half pendant of life.

Atahualpa + Huascar = A Good Team (Velcro Ball Toss)

Atahualpa and Huascar were mighty Incan warriors, and they would have made a good team in this game. The male players were on a wall with dark blue velcro shirts while their partners would throw the velcro balls onto their shirts. The player with the most balls on her partner's shirt at the end of 60 seconds won. The Blue Barracudas won 13-11, leading to a tie.


"Was the Inca empire found in North America, South America-?" Tracey rings in and correctly answers South America, sending her and Chris to Olmec's Temple in search of the golden jaguar.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Blue Barracudas Lost Lost Won 1 Pendant Won
Purple Parrots Won Won Lost 1 Pendant Lost

Temple Run

Chris was a fast runner, but he made two wrong turns that cost the team dearly. First of all, he tried entering the Cave of Sighs the wrong way (he tried running into the alcove between the cave entrance and Olmec), and then he took a detour from his bottom path to the Heart Room, where a Temple Guard took his pendant. After reaching the Shrine of the Silver Monkey via the ladder in the Well, a second Temple Guard took him out of the temple. Tracey managed to make up for some lost time, and got the monkey together and even managed to get the Golden Jaguar, but she had no prayer of getting out in time.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Artifact Reached Yes
Method of Loss Failed Escape
Temple Guard Locations

The Heart Room

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

The Room of the Three Gargoyles

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  • This is the only time an artifact was hidden in the Treasure Room.
  • This is the last episode in Season 1 where the Blue Barracudas made it to Olmec's Temple.
  • This is the only episode where the Blue Barracudas make it to the artifact but fail to escape with it in time.
    • This is also the only Blue Barracuda run to feature an artifact in the Treasury.

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