We stayed in the Wild Rover in Arequipa. This is without a doubt THE place to be! It was a backpackers heaven! We mostly chilled out here anddid some exploring around Arequipa as we had many day trips and early mornings before this stop. Some “quiet drinks” at the hostel, board games and dancing, followed by poolside chilling and lots of food was well deserved and enjoyed here!
There is an option to go to Colca Canyon from here however we were just passing through for a couple of nights and really needed a break so opted not to do this as we heard mixed reviews!
I did however venture out with some new found backpacking friends and see the local food markets where I saw many weird and wonderful things. I also and enjoyed the beauty the town had to offer.
Tips: This is definitely less touristy and long pants would be a good idea here! Also if you can book the Wild Rover in Cusco I’d imagine it would be crazy and amazing, its one that fills up quickly though so you must plan in advance.