Chel is the tritagonist in The Road to El Dorado. She is the only female major character, as all other females are minor, and all other major characters are male. She is voiced by Rosie Perez.
She claims to Tulio and Miguel that she too has reasons to leave El Dorado and start an adventure. "You've got your reasons... And I've got mine. Let's not make it personal, okay? It's just business".
Chel never tells the duo what exactly her reasons for leaving are.
In the early draft of the movie, she was originally the queen of El Dorado.
She has tan skin, brown eyes, long black hair, and a white skirt and tube top.
Chel is cunning and clever: She sneaks around, trying to gather information on the two visitors, and even though she discovers that Tulio and Miguel are not gods, she keeps their secret, hoping to use them and their riches to fund her own escape. She's also very adventurous and prefers to do things without any set plan in mind. At the end of the movie, while Tulio and Miguel worry that they won't have a map or a plan to help them figure out their next adventure, Chel reassures them and tells them that it's more interesting that way.
Eventually, she grows to care for the two con men and values them for who they are and not what she can get out of them. Her caring side also comes out when she is around children and animals.
Role in the film
Native bored with her society and dreams of a better life. In order to obtain those dreams, she turns to crime by becoming a con artist.
She first runs into Tulio and Miguel when she has stolen some treasure from the temple and is running away from some guards. Tulio and Miguel then save her from being punished. She then makes a deal with them (she helps them maintain their scam and they let her come back to Spain with them). Over the course of the movie, Tulio becomes attracted to Chel and they become a couple.
When Tulio and Miguel are ready to leave Tzekel-Kan leads invaders to the city and Chel helps stop them. She then rides off with Tulio and Miguel back to Spain.