Chavín de Huántar Setting         
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Animals and plants typical of the eastern lowlands have long been noted in Chavín art, and it has been argued that this implies an eastern origin for the beliefs underlying the culture. What can be said with clarity is that the location of Chavín de Huántar would not have been natural home to the caiman (alligator), monkey, manioc plant, or many other representations in the art. Monkey Art
  Carving depicting monkey, from the Chavín temple
   
Area Map Further, it has been suggested that Chavín de Huántar lies along a natural access route between the coast and eastern tropics. While the Mosna River, on which Chavín lies, will eventually lead to the Amazon, it is at best a tortuous route. In fact, a much more direct and easily transited route is found slightly south of the Chavín area. Chavín can just as easily be thought of as being in a location of relatively difficult access.