Santiago de Okola is a small fishing and farming community on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Members of our community are Aymara originarios with strong ties to the lake and the land were we live and farm. The imposing rock outcropping known as The Sleeping Dragon is our backdrop and provides excellent hiking trails and spectacular views from its crest. It is also a sacred spritual site, if you visit us you will understand why is it so and will continue to be so long into the future.
In 2008 we formed ASITURSO, a community-led and managed association dedicated to the development of sustainable resource use and management, principally through an agro-tourism project that seeks to help conserve traditional crops, crop varieties and associated cultural practices, reverse the flow of our youth from the village to urban areas and to increase incomes of community members and their families.
Today, ASITURSO has 24 members and 12 of us receive visitors in our homes. We have a very nice community museum and can take you on walks around the village, on an ascent of the Sleeping Dragon, for a swim or a boat ride and much more. When you stay with us, you help us preserver our traditional ways of life, so thank you in advance!