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Richard McColl

Richard McColl

Richard McColl is an Anglo-Canadian freelance journalist now living in Colombia. Here he divides his time between his guesthouse, La Casa Amarilla in Mompos and the capital Bogota. He is the author of the Michelin Green Guide to Colombia, is published in various international media including the BBC, CNN, Global Traveller, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent amongst others. He blogs at Matador and is the Colombia country expert for the Nile Guide.

When not chained to his desk Richard dreams of adventures in the jungles of southern Colombia, some of which he accomplishes, others not!


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Colombia's Forgotten Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda


My thoughts are elsewhere as I clutch at tufts of grass and haul myself up the steep hillside, sweating profusely in the soporific heat all the while desperately trying to keep up with my guide. Each dry discarded or felled tree appears in my line of sight as a possible lurking place for some venomous creature or another, and risking increasing the distance between the guide and me, I skirt around the edges rather than suffer the possible consequences. And then we arrive at the hillcrest, and below us the claustrophobic confines and still Caribbean waters of the Gulf of Urabá open out with clear views west onto the famed Darien region and from up here I can understand why, in 1509, Spanish Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda, chose this spot.

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