Sustainable USIL Living Lab in Occopata

Sustainable USIL Living Lab in Occopata

We contribute to the overall development of the community, from a multidisciplinary perspective, involving all of our educational units and institutional pillars.

Occopata, Santiago District, Cusco, Peru 


Occopata, a rural community with which we have been carrying out our social responsibility program since May 2018, is located 40 minutes from the city of Cusco at an elevation of 4,000 masl.

Data in Occopata USIL

Occopata in Numbers


The measurement taken in 2018 revealed major challenges for the development of the community. 

Lines of Action

Nine Lines of Action


The model has nine lines of action, focusing on production and tourism as potential sources of family income. These are supported by the education, health, infrastructure, and environment lines of action. The preceding lines are complemented by the lines of culture and governance. Lastly, there is the support provided by our university for articulation with other players.




We consider tourism to be a driver of development through entrepreneurial undertakings that draw tourists to the community, as well as through products that can be offered to tourists in the region, along with improvement in public services and the acquisition of new technologies.

Modes of paticipation

How can we bring academia closer to Occopata?


The community can be brought closer in different ways, such as through donations, social and professional volunteering, courses that may or may not include travel, internships, teaching, theses, scientific research, and other activities through partnerships and management.

Projects Implemented 


Learn about some of our experiences in Occopata.


Would you like to learn more? Please download our yearly report.

Creation of the Q’antus association of Occopata by women weavers

The local government promoted the construction of 54 family greenhouse tents.

Cadastre, zoning, and comprehensive planning projects.

Construction of a 190m3 reservoir for irrigation.

Circuit of colorful houses painted by the families.