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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!


Blog entries tagged in embalse de guatape

Side Trip to Guatape


Trust the people of Medellin to make a super weekend retreat around the base of an artificial lake and a huge anomalous boulder. Guatape is fantastic. Climbing out of the stifling Aburra Valley the air clears and a slight chill sets in and this is a welcome relief from the bustle and closeness of Medellin. With the bare corrugated iron rooftops and the stark bricks of the city’s outer-lying communas disappearing beneath the lip of the hill the winding roads past Rionegro give way to Marinilla and on to the town of Guatape and its views over the impressive Embalse de Guatapé as the lake is known.

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