By Samuel Quezada
Wedged between the more populated municipios of Baranoa and Sabanalarga, Usiacurí brags tranquility with its population of roughly fourteen thousand people. The name comes from two different indigenous tribal leaders named Usia and Curí. Put them together and bam! You get Usiacurí. At one point in time, it was known as a destination for its medicinal well-waters, but the town still attracts tourists with its fine artesanía crafts, the Santo Domingo de Guzman church, El Mirador Sagrado Corazon, the museum of Colombian poet Julio Flores, and (if you’re feeling more adventurous) Luriza, a nationally recognized preserve.
If you don’t want to get involved with the touristy side of Usiacurí, the following is a list of a few other things that you can admire if you decide to come in to town for an afternoon.
Best Bus Decals: They are on there, loud and proud. I love it. There’s no need to squint my eyes to confirm that it is indeed, my bus.
Best Night Life: There are a total of six night clubs, and three pool halls. If I had to choose one, it would be Blue Night. It is not as loud as its neighbor, Pernisia Beers, so conversation is possible. It stays cool thanks to its several functioning air-conditioning units.
Best Bakery: Panadería La Quince. They absolutely kill it with their selection and taste. There are a few favorites of mine, but most notable is an arequipe-filled donut with powdered sugar. It surpasses the taste and price of most novelty desserts.
Best Saint: For whatever odd reason, Usiacurí has two saints: Nuestra Señora del Transito, and Santo Domingo de Guzman. Two different school campuses have respectfully taken their names, but the preferred saint, (based on aesthetics) is Santo Domingo de Guzman. Check him out. He has a miniature house in his hands and a dog at his feet. What other saint will you encounter with a sidekick pooch at their feet?
Best Pueblo Wide Fiesta: Fiestas are frequent all over the country and there are some that take over the town during their season. Sure, everyone loves Carnaval, Día de las Velitas and the other religious-based festivities in December, but you can find the best ambiance at the patron saint festivals for Nuestra Señora Del Transito and Santo Domingo de Guzman in August.
Best “Kick it” Spots: Essential in just about any pueblo you go to, these are places to check out the surrounding area, sit around, think, or just you know…kick it.
- There are giant steps in front of the two main bars: a good place to meet before settling on what club or bar to go to, a place to comfortably eat some street food, or a good place to get some Wi-Fi to upload that end-of-the-night post.
- The Spider, located at the very entrance of Usiacurí, has a kiosk area that is very peaceful and quiet.
- The church balcony, facing El Mirador, oversees a good chunk of the town and allows you to get a good breeze. If you’re into romantic sunsets, this is definitely the place to go.