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Plaza Regocijo is the little square just one block from the Plaza de Armas. Its quieter and much less touristy than the main Plaza de Armas and a nice place to spend a while relaxing and sitting on one of the park benches.
At the southern corner of Plaza Regocijo (corner of Calle Garcilaso & Heladeros) you will find the Museo Historico Regional (Regional History Museum). Entry is free with the Boleto Turistico. This museum was once the home of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, one of Peru's most famous and eloquent writers. The museum houses an eclectic collection of items from Cusco's history chronologically arranged but often poorly labelled. Artefacts include some Nazca mummies, gold ornaments, plenty of ceramics, photos of Cusco just after a major earthquake in 1950, Inca weavings and some paintings from the Cusco School. Although all very interesting I would recommend visiting museums such as the Museo Inka, Museo de Arte Pre-colombino & Museo Machu Picchu first. You may have had enough off museums before you get this far - however entrance is included with the Cusco Tourist Ticket so may be worth a quick visit.
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