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

Production Number

1-29 (29)


September 12, 1993[1]


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. It was the second episode to air.

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
Finish Team Time
First Blue Barracudas 0:42
Second Orange Iguanas 1:02
Third Purple Parrots 1:28
Fourth Red Jaguars 2:11

Steps of Knowledge

Long ago, high in the Andes Mountains, 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 terrible civil war that lasted five years. Atahualpa finally defeated his brother, but the war left the Empire very weak. Soon after, the Spanish explorer Pizarro came to Cusco, the capital city of the ancient Incas, and defeated Atahualpa. Pizzaro offered to release Atahualpa from prison if his people would fill one room full of gold objects, and two rooms full of silver. Even though the Incas paid the ransom, the treacherous Pizzaro did not set Atahualpa free. The Spaniards melted down the gold and silver and sent it 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 (Correct - Two steps left)
Did the Civil War between Atahualpa and his brother Huáscar last…?
  • Five Years
Purple Parrots (Rang in before Olmec could finish - Two steps left)
Was Pizarro from…?
  • Peru
  • Norway
  • Spain
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Were Pizarro and his men called…?
  • Conquistadors
  • Matadors
  • Crusaders
Purple Parrots (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - One step left)
According to our legend, did the Spanish ransom Atahualpa for…?
  • Two Rooms of Silver and One Room of Gold
Purple Parrots (Took the words out of Olmec's mouth - One step left)
Which of these animals did the Incas use for transportation?
  • Llamas
  • Camels
  • Ground Sloths
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Which of these is the name of the ancient capital of the Incas?
  • Quito
  • Dorito
  • Cuzco
Red Jaguars (Wrong Answer - Not one of the three choices)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Advanced to the 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 before 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 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 the game and the full pendant after landing thirteen balls over the Purple Parrots who landed eleven.


"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 began by 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 with 2:13 remaining. When the Treasure Room did not open there, he resumed moving along the bottom floor; eventually, he took the Shrine/Well shortcut, only to be captured by the second Temple Guard with 1:24 remaining. Tracey managed to make up for some lost time, and got the monkey together and even managed to get the golden jaguar with five seconds remaining.

Temple Run Results
Artifact Reached Yes
Victory No
Method of Loss Failed Escape
Temple Guard Locations The Heart Room (gold mask)
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey (blue mask)
The Room of the Three Gargoyles (black mask)

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  • The jaguar previously appeared as one of the treasures in the back of the treasury area.
  • This is the second and final episode in Season 1 where teams attempted to retrieve an artifact is placed with in the treasury area (the room space that featured the Room of the Golden Idols, the Treasure Room, the King's Storeroom in Season 2, and the Room of the Ancient Warriors).
  • This is the first episode where a team of Purple Parrots participated in the Tiebreaker.
  • This is the last episode in Season 1 where a team of Blue Barracudas competed in the Temple Run.
  • This is the only episode episode where a team of Blue Barracudas attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the Treasury area.
  • This is the first episode where a contestant was able to grab an artifact placed in the treasury area.
  • This is the only episode where a member of the Blue Barracudas was able to grab the artifact but fail to escape with it in time.
  • The Green Monkeys and Silver Snakes later appeared in Alexander and the Gordian Knot, wearing the same team colors.
  • This is the first episode to air where a team of Blue Barracudas competed in the Temple Run.


  1. Lundberg, D.C. (Unknown Date). D.C. Lundberg's Game Show Trading Post I-L. D.C. Lundberg.