The original tribe of eight were soon joined by Veteran and notorious Villain Russell Hantz and although the tribe enjoyed success, they were disillusioned by Hantz' reputation and former tactics that eventually led to his elimination at the hands of the Zapatera Six after throwing a combined reward/immunity challenge. Soon after, the tribe started losing challenges and the majority alliance began to turn on one another. The tribe color is purple.
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- David Murphy, a defense attorney from West Hollywood, California.
- Julie Wolfe, a firefighter from Oceanside, California.
- Krista Klumpp, a Pharmaceutical Representative from Columbia, South Carolina.
- Mike Chiesl, an Iraq War Veteran from Del Mar, California.
- Ralph Kiser, a farmer from Lebanon, Virginia.
- [[Survivor: Samoa|»]][[Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains|»]] Russell Hantz, a returning contestant known for his devious lies and tricks using the Hidden Immunity Idol.
- Sarita White, a Visual Effects Producer from Santa Monica, California.
- Stephanie Valencia, a waitress from Long Beach, California.
- Steve Wright, a former NFL Player from Huntington Beach, California.
- Zapatera is the first tribe to experience a three-way tie vote at Tribal Council.
- Zapatera is the only tribe Russell Hantz was ever voted out from.
- Julie Wolfe is the only female member of the tribe to make the Merge.