Richard McColl is Colombia-based freelance journalist specialising in Latin America. With almost a decade under his belt in this continent he has worked as an expedition guide, a social projects coordinator, a teacher, a journalist, has opened a guesthouse and now runs a travel agency.

He is also working on a website about Mompox, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Colombia where his guesthouse is located, to aid travellers with their transportation and accommodation queries.

Credits: As a journalist Richard has been published in all of the following: BBC, BBC Mundo, CNN Traveller, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Scotsman, Global Traveller USA, Running Times, Global Magazine, Pure Living, Aventura Magazine, Matador Travel, Matador Trips, Matador Goods, Travelbite.co.uk, Suite101.com, South American Explorers Magazine, The Traveller’s Notebook, Traverse Magazine, Orato, WWF News, Tatler, Globalista, hosteltrail, Tripwolf and most recently the City Paper (Bogota). He is currently the country expert for the Nileguide.

Books: Richard is a contibuting editor to the V!va Guide to Colombia, the author of the Fodor’s chapter to Colombia in the 2009 South America Guide and contributed the Pacific section of the 2009 Footprint Guide to Colombia.

In 2010 he worked extensively on the first ever Michelin Green Guide to Colombia contributing the sections on History, Literature, Arts and Crafts, Nature, Architecture, Bogota and Surrounds, the Pacific Coast and Cartagena and the Caribbean Coast. He has also contributed photos to this publication.

Radio, TV and Film: Working with Spanish journalist Joan Ortiz i Serra they created a documentary “Perdidos en Valledupar” a study of the 40th Vallenato Music Festival. Richard has also collaborated as a guest expert on RCN’s (Colombia) News Channel, on an independent creation “Rutas de Macondo” and “When Managers Go Mad (Sky 1, UK). He has also been a regular guest on Colombia’s highly rated Azucar pa’ Cafe morning show on Candela Radio.