The Santa Cruz archeological site is located in what used to be the Huatica Valley. It belongs to the Ichma seigneury, which dates from the year 1000 to 1500 A.D. It comprehends a small platform built on garden walls; at its top can be appreciated rectangular rooms and some patios. According to archeological works it was an administrative center, akin to a palace, which contained a small cemetery from Incan times with over one hundred tombs. It connected with the Pucllana archeological site via a road and a channel system.
A few years ago, cleaning works were carried out which revealed two facts that placed the Santa Cruz archeological site in the forefront of news. The first was that a 400-year-old funeral bundle of about 60 centimeters, hands and feet bound and laid out vertically over a rocky platform. This mummy would be the first of a series of bundles that could be found in this site. The second fact has to do with how the archeologists found a mummy corresponding to a coolie from the 19th century. The body, wrapped in fabrics, was found 20 centimeters below ground. Due to how the works are still in progress, it’s viable to think that new and impressive discoveries are yet to be made at Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz archeological site was declared a National Cultural Heritage and considered an intangible archeological zone by National Resolution N° 879/INC-2003 on December 4th 2003.
Santa Cruz is a perfectly-preserved archeological site. It has an overlook point and a pedestrian tourist path. In addition, it has a lighting system for optimal nocturnal visits.
The Santa Cruz archeological site is located in Belén Avenue, beside the Santa Cruz residential area and in front of Belén School. With respect to El Olivar, the site is 14 blocks away, going around the Lima Golf Club.