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With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish settlements of Surinam to the pristine beaches of Colombia and the glaciers of Patagonia, Richard has travelled it all. Now making his home in Colombia, he is thrilled to be part of the V!va team.

  • Hometown

    London, England

  • Location now

    Bogota, Colombia

  • Work published

    Richard has been published in the following; BBC, CNN Traveller, Suite101.com, Matador Travel, Global Travel, The Scotsman, The Independent, The Times, Pure Living, South American Explorers magazine, HostelTrail.com and is a visiting editor to the Bogota radio station Candela.

  • Travel philosophy

    Keep an open agenda and use literary inspiration

  • Craziest place

    Probably Guyana

  • Bizarre experience

    Rummaging thrugh overgrown cemetaries in rural Surinam trying to find the tombs of Scottish settlers

  • Advice

    Take it all in your stride

  • Dream destination

    I am very keen to get to La Guajira

  • Traveled before

    USA, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Surina, French Guiana, Guyana, Antigua, Cuba, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Nepal, India.

  • Going next

    Staying here in Colombia

Richard McColl's Guide Book Entries


  • When to Go

    Mar 14, 2008 - Colombia

    December to March are the driest months around Upper Magdalena. However, it is in your best interest to keep a ......

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  • Safety

    Mar 14, 2008 - Colombia

    he Upper Magdalena River Valley is generally considered a safe place for traveling. However, Neiva is the gateway to the ......

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  • Safety in Bahía Solano

    Mar 10, 2008 - Bahía Solano, Colombia

    The military presence is strong here. Any suspicious activities are reported and recorded. Since the conflict is an issue to ......

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  • Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría

    May 19, 2008 - Nuquí, Colombia

    Located in the state of Chocó, Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría covers an area of almost 545 square kilometers ......

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  • Piedra Pintada Aipe

    Jan 29, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    Over six meters (19.7 ft) long and three meters (9.8 ft) high, the Piedra Pintada, in the municipality of Aipe, ......

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  • Desierto de La Tatacoa

    Jan 29, 2008 - Desierto de La Tatacoa, Colombia

    Right up in the northern part of the department of Huila is a little-known and little-visited attraction, the Tatacoa Desert. ......

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  • La Casa Amarilla

    Feb 01, 2008 - Mompós, Colombia

    Way overdue, there is finally a budget option for travelers in Mompós. La Casa Amarilla is a large, renovated colonial ......

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  • Villa Melissa

    Jan 29, 2008 - Coveñas, Colombia

    Villa Melissa is one of Coveñas\' best hotel options. The owners are friendly workaholics who will do everything within their ......

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  • Hotel Khalifa

    Jan 22, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    A more regal option in Neiva if your budget is up to it, and even more so if you can ......

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  • Huila Café

    Jan 23, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    Located on the second floor of an elegant hall with high ceilings, wooshing fans and ample space, the Huila Café ......

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  • Frutería y Heladería Alaska

    Jan 23, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    With a juice bar called “Alaska” in the hot region of Neiva, the owners of Frutería y Heladería Alaska are ......

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  • Tijuana

    Jan 23, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    Wedged between a Renault dealership on one side and a garage on the other, the proprietors of Tijuana could have ......

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  • Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría

    May 19, 2008 - Nuquí, Colombia

    Located in the state of Chocó, Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría covers an area of almost 545 square kilometers ......

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  • El Almejal Beach

    Apr 01, 2008 - El Valle, Colombia

    One of Colombia’s most spectacular beaches is El Almejal. The beach stretches two kilometers (1.2 mi) and ends dramatically as ......

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  • Santa Catalina

    Mar 31, 2008 - Providencia and Santa Catalina, Colombia

    The tiny island of Santa Catalina was connected to Providencia at one time, but it is believed that pirates—possibly Henry ......

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  • Tesoro Tours

    Feb 26, 2008 - Bogotá, Colombia

    Tesoro tours have been operating for a few years and specialize in everything that Bogotá and the surrounding area have ......

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  • Hostal Dona Manuela

    Jan 21, 2008 - Colombia

    As well as being the finest option for accommodation in Mompos, Hostal Dona Manuela offers city tours and wildlife tours ......

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  • Mompós Tour

    Jan 21, 2008 - Colombia

    Mompós Tour runs from Cartagena to Mompos on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in a fully air-conditioned minivan. Prices are steep ......

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See all Tours (6)


  • Shopping

    Feb 27, 2008 - Neiva, Colombia

    Although there are some shopping centers around Neiva, such as Centro Comercial Metropolitan (Cra. 5, 6-28) and Centro Comercial La ......

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  • Shopping

    Feb 27, 2008 - Ibagué, Colombia

    The city is well known for its music, and there are several music shops downtown, just off Carrera 3. Since ......

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  • Services

    Feb 12, 2008 - El Valle, Colombia

    Keeping in touch There is a telephone center on the main road, as you are walking to Playa Almejal. Medical If ......

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