Colombia Calling - The English Voice in Colombia

Colombia Calling - The English Voice in Colombia
Honest and frank reporting for those who with to visit, invest in and escape to Colombia.

327: Can Colombia improve its tourism industry?
Jun 2 • 41 min
We’re trapped. We have been confined along with our dreams, goals and illusions. With the global emergency caused by COVID-19, we have hit rock bottom and the travel and tourism industry is never going to be the same. This is why we are talking to Rainbow…
326: Crossing the Darien Gap (Part 3)
May 26 • 27 min
In our final episode of this three-part series with journalist Nadja Drost on crossing the Darien Gap, we bring the conversation back to the article Drost wrote for California Sunday magazine in April 2020. We discuss her experiences on the trail, the…
325: Crossing the Darien Gap (Part 2)
May 19 • 36 min
Picking up where we left off in Part 1, Canadian journalist Nadja Drost continues her tale of travel alongside desperate migrants from all over the world in their hopeful quest of reaching the United States. At times, this does not make for easy listening
324: Crossing the Darien Gap (Part 1)
May 12 • 46 min
In what is a three-part series on the Colombia Calling podcast, we’ll be exploring the realities - warts and all - of crossing the Darien Gap from Colombia to Panama. Canadian journalist Nadja Drost made the crossing in 2019 and her excellent piece came…
323: How the life of a family judge and barrister in the UK was defined by Colombia
May 5 • 44 min
Both a successful Judge and a Barrister in the UK, Sarah Lucy Cooper’s life could have taken an extremely different course were foreigners permitted to practice law in Colombia. However, as we learn in Episode 323 of the Colombia Calling podcast, her 1990…
322: Managing a small business during the Covid-19 pandemic
Apr 28 • 41 min
We are all suffering due to the Corona virus pandemic which has swept the world and some more than others, and here at the Colombia Calling podcast, we have the opportunity to talk to a small business owner in San Gil, Santander to see how he is faring.…
321: The American Influencer and Youtuber in Colombia
Apr 21 • 47 min
With upwards of 900,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, “Un Colombiano Mas,” and with entries routinely drawing more than a million views, Zach Morris is undisputedly a one man positive public relations campaign for all things to do with Colombia!
320: A deep dive into the reality of Colombia’s cocaine trade
Apr 14 • 53 min
In fifteen years covering Colombia, this is the best book I’ve ever read about the cocaine trade. If you want to understand why the drugs are produced here, then how they get to the U.S., there’s no better guide.” (Matthew Bristow, former Colombia bureau…
319: The Quarantine Chronicles in Bogotá, Colombia
Apr 7 • 47 min
How is your relationship faring under the Covid19/ Corona Virus lockdown, how are you keeping sane, have you stuck to a routine, are you all alone and now talking to your pet(s)? It’s a time of tragedy for sure, but in order to share a different…
317: Scandals, corruption and the corona virus in Colombia
Mar 24 • 54 min
Before the Corona virus reached Colombia, President Duque and his political patron, former president Alvaro Uribe, were in danger of drowning in the scandal engulfing them. To keep it brief, and Adriaan Alsema of Colombia Reports will explain this further…
316: The Problem with Cauca, Colombia
Mar 17 • 41 min
Elizabeth Dickinson has been Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia since 2019. Her work centers around armed conflict dynamics in the country and the implementation of the 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas.…
315: The significance of Colombia’s current golden generation of cyclists
Mar 10 • 53 min
“You write the books that you want to read,” Matt Rendell tells me in our conversation on Episode 315 of the Colombia Calling podcast. Well, I wish I could have written his latest book entitled: “Colombia es Pasión! The Generation of Racing cyclists who…
314: Medicinal Cannabis from Colombia
Mar 3 • 54 min
Colombia finds herself at a crossroads at the moment as to where directives in the country should focus their efforts in order to best evolve industries here and become a main player on the world stage. The production of medicinal cannabis could well…
313: The Colombian Wedding Episode
Feb 25 • 38 min
In this week’s show, we welcome back Eric Tabone who first joined us back in the early days of the Colombia Calling podcast speaking about his business: Beyond Business English (
312: Some advice for travel in Colombia
Feb 18 • 42 min
In Ep312 of the Colombia Calling podcast, location independent professional Jeff Brown revisits us to reflect on his extended travel in the country. In an open discussion, we hear about some advice on where to go, where to avoid and personal insights…
311: Mikolombia joins Colombia Calling
Feb 11 • 45 min
In our first political episode for 2020, Colombia Calling is joined by the unnamed creator of a website designed to highlight the stories left uncovered in the mainstream international press. Neither leftwing nor rightwing, Mikolombia…
310: Travel for Women Birders in Colombia
Feb 4 • 42 min
Fresh from their December trip to Colombia’s Caribbean coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains, women birders, Eliana Ardila (Colombia) and Bryony Angell (USA) join the Colombia Calling podcast to share some of their experiences and feedback and anecdotes…
309: Reflecting on previous episodes of the Colombia Calling podcast with Joseph Czikk
Jan 28 • 47 min
Episode 309 is an entertaining look at the Colombia Calling podcast as Richard McColl moves from being the host to the interviewee and Joseph Czikk takes over. Long-time listener of the Colombia Calling podcast and self-declared “Colombia…
308: James “el peligroso” of the Cali Curry House
Jan 21 • 51 min
Jim Davies may have the midas touch for storytelling, that or he has an innate ability to find himself in the most peculiar of situations. Revisiting the Colombia Calling podcast - the first time being Ep79 in 204 when he spoke of his friendship with…
307: Discussing “Precarious Peace,” in Colombia
Jan 14 • 40 min
Our guest on Ep307 of the Colombia Calling podcast is Dr Julia Zulver (PhD Oxford), who is a political sociologist whose work focuses on women’s mobilisation in high risk contexts, mainly in Latin America, and of course, including Colombia. We’ll be…
306: Colombia’s ancient trails
Jan 7 • 37 min
On the first episode of 2020, the Colombia Calling podcast speaks to hiker and guide Gabriel Torres who is based in the breathtaking colonial setting of Barichar, Santander. The reason for having Gabriel on the show is not only to promote Colombia’s…
305: Talking Environmental Issues in Colombia
Dec 24, 2019 • 42 min
In the final episode of the Colombia Calling podcast for 2019, we welcome Bogotana Juliana Cuccaro on the show to speak to us about some of the environmental challenges facing Colombia. Juliana Cuccaro is fresh from completing her MA in Science…
304: How can Colombia overcome the narco-legacy hangover?
Dec 17, 2019 • 40 min
Michael Sichenzia is looking out for the underdog and as an investor in a small furniture business in Yumbo, southwest Colombia, close to the city of Cali, he has a vested interest in the stability and economy of the country. We get him on the line from…
303: The Darien Gap adventure is a Go!
Dec 10, 2019 • 38 min
You’ll all remember Daniel Eggington from Ep277 where, from his home in Birmingham, England, he told us of his plans to cross the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama in December 2019. Well, Eggington is back and in Medellin and speaks to us on the line…
302: War Correspondent Toby Muse talks about his new book, “Kilo.”
Dec 3, 2019 • 52 min
It is a great pleasure to welcome seasoned conflict correspondent Toby Muse on to the Colombia Calling podcast this week to talk about his new book, “Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels―from the Jungles to the Streets.”
301: Protests in Colombia
Nov 26, 2019 • 51 min
With Adriaan Alsema, the director of Colombia Reports, we discuss some of the reasons behind the protests and some of the events and scandals which have taken place and why. Tune in to this episode to understand the current unrest in Colombia.
300: Trojana: exploring Colombia’s pornographic webcam industry
Nov 19, 2019 • 47 min
In a critique of the pornographic webcam industry, Maud Madlyn and Andres Montes Zuluaga go where many have never even considered going, they sign up to become webcam models in order to better understand the dynamics behind this business to open a debate…
299: Charles Massey channels Kishore Kumar for us on the Colombia Calling podcast
Nov 12, 2019 • 34 min
Charles Massey from Ottawa joins us once again (hear his Bollywood in Barranquilla Ep215) to entertain the colombia calling podcast listeners with a Kishore Kumar bollywood song, sung live for us here in Bogota. But, while we discuss Massey’s life since…
298: Freelance foreign correspondent Dylan Baddour talks to Colombia Calling
Nov 5, 2019 • 43 min
Hailing from Texas, Dulan Baddour cut his teeth in journalism before heading down south to Colombia. Here, he reports on issues talking place in Colombia and the fall out from the humanitarian tragedy currently on-going in Venezuela. Perhaps my favourite…
297: Adam Isacson of WOLA speaks to Colombia Calling
Oct 29, 2019 • 42 min
Adam Isacson of WOLA (The Washington Office on Latin America) needs no introduction to the latin americanists amongst us, but, suffice it to say that it was an honour to invite him on the Colombia Calling podcast and hear his thoughts about recent events…
296: The life of a freelance foreign correspondent in Colombia
Oct 22, 2019 • 45 min
We are incredibly fortunate to welcome freelance foreign correspondent Steven Grattan on the Colombia Calling podcast this week as we managed to snare him before he was off into the wilds reporting on the latest story from Colombia Grattan has been based…
295: International understanding and travel for Colombians
Oct 15, 2019 • 41 min
Ervin Liz has appeared on the Colombia Calling podcast on two previous occiasions, firstly discussing the Colombian Coffee Connection (Ep201) and then the protests in southwestern Colombia in April (Ep267) and now he’s back, as the President of the…
294: Cali’s Music scene
Oct 8, 2019 • 41 min
The last time Irish singer songwriter Kevin McCaffrey joined us on the Colombia Calling podcast, it was September 2016, the peace accords in Colombia hadn’t been signed and we were discussing parallels between these and the accords in Ireland. Fast…
293: Working with and learning from Colombia’s rural midwives
Oct 1, 2019 • 44 min
After a chance meeting in a restaurant in Cusco, Peru, Susana Bueno Lindo and Tony Aiello married a few years later and life has brought this native of Colorado to live in his wife’s home city of Bogotá, Colombia. But, this serendipitous tale does not end…
292: What to Expect from Colombia’s local and regional electionsin October
Sep 24, 2019 • 47 min
October is almost upon us and with it comes Colombia’s local and regional elections which should be a litmus test for President Ivan Duque’s popularity and mandate. So, we at Colombia Calling reached out to Sergio Guzman of Colombia Risk Analysis…
291: Traditional Medicines from the Putumayo, Colombia’s Amazon region
Sep 17, 2019 • 45 min
When we think of traditional medicines from the Amazon, our thoughts immeditately turn to vines of Yage or Ayahuasca, and so, while we do discuss this vine with Colombian Anthropologist Hernando Echeverri, we also explore more of the varities which grow…
290: Best Practice Extractive Industries in Colombia
Sep 10, 2019 • 43 min
On Ep290 of the Colombia Calling podcast it’s a great honour to welcome Calgarian, Kaleigh Kuchinski on to the show to talk about her work with Agriteam Canada Consulting, an agency which enables communities in zones designated for extractive industries…
289: Bogotá Politics Needs more Nerds!
Sep 3, 2019 • 48 min
For those of you familiar with my work, you will know that I am fascinated by local elections here and the machinations taking place in the barrios, not just in Bogotá but all over the country. This week on the Colombia Calling podcast we have a great…
288: Bogotá Gourmet Burger Bar
Aug 27, 2019 • 45 min
Many of us have dreamt of making the move overseas and opening a small business, there are those of us who have done and those amongst who sit idly by, but Australian expat in Bogota, Darren Crockett is far from the latter
287: Out in Colombia, LGBT travel to Colombia
Aug 20, 2019 • 43 min
This week on the Colombia Calling podcast, we talk to Sam Castañeda Holdren, a transplant from the US to Medellin where he has launched the successful, “Out in Colombia,” travel agency. Out in Colombia ( is a socially responsible…
286: Science Journalism will take Medellin by storm in 2021
Aug 13, 2019 • 42 min
On the Colombia Calling episode this week we get to speak to Colombian science journalist Tania Valbuena in Bogotá. After spending time in the Colombian military, she moved into public health policy and epidemiology before decided that journalism was her…
285: Brewing craft beer with former FARC guerrillas in Colombia
Aug 6, 2019 • 42 min
On Ep285 we welcome back Wally Broderick (Ep135 Prisons in Colombia) who is now involved in a fascinating project of brewing craft beers with ex FARC guerrillas now reincorporated into Colombian society
284: Colombia Calling all Travellers
Jul 30, 2019 • 50 min
It is a great pleasure on this Ep284 of the Colombia Calling podcast to take a step back and remind ourselves why we come to Colombia. To this end, we speak to an avid listener of the podcast in Idaho, Jeff Brown, who will be coming to the country for the…
283: Mapping Zika and Dengue in Colombia’s city of Cali
Jul 23, 2019 • 45 min
On Ep238 we have a great opportunity to learn about how silicon valley is collecting data in the city of Cali and employing it to help map out breeding grounds for mosquitos carrying the Zika or Dengue virus. Premise ( is the company in…
282: The fourth edition of La Leyenda mountain bike race in Colombia
Jul 16, 2019 • 44 min
I love this yearly episode where we get to kick back and chat to Brian Murphy and Dave Proctor about La Leyenda mountain bike race in Colombia. For those who have not heard any of our previous interviews with the race founder Murphy and the Comms director…
281: Is this the dawn of a 21st Century Revolution?
Jul 9, 2019 • 47 min
Enfant terrible, journalist and director of the most read news website in English about Colombia, Colombia Reports, Adriaan Alsema can be an interesting character to track down and engage in conversation.
280: Launching a Start-up Company in Colombia
Jul 2, 2019 • 41 min
Owner of mi casa petite- tiny house hotel. A resilient young woman born and raised in London to muslim-Nigerian parents. Spent 7 years living and working in Australia in the government and the not for profit sectors. She’s restless and likes to get things…
279: Defiant Reality, Theatre for Change in Colombia
Jun 25, 2019 • 48 min
What is your dream? To make a change in this world? It sounds unrealistic, but we all possess an ability to open minds, learn from one another and to help. This is what Maud Madlyn and her partner Andres Montes Zuluaga have been doing with their Casa…
278: FARC Guerrillas in Search of Peace
Jun 18, 2019 • 41 min
Malcolm Linton is a British-American photographer known for his images of conflict and humanitarian crises. Since 1989 his photographs have appeared in magazines including Time, Newsweek, Der Stern, Paris Match and National Geographic. In 2015 he…
277: Solo Expedition through the Darien Gap
Jun 11, 2019 • 43 min
Hailing from Birmingham in the UK, Daniel Eggington is a keen adventurer and his latest challenge is to cross the infamous Darien Gap from Colombia to Panama. We chat to find out why he wants to do this dangerous trek of roughly 60 miles over 15 days.…
276: The Writer’s Block in Colombia
Jun 4, 2019 • 43 min
We have had plenty of authors on the Colombia Calling podcast of late and this week, we turn the tables a little and bring Emily Tamayo Maher on the show to give us insights into her fascinating life in Bogotá as an “author coach.”
275: Richard McColl is Interviewed!
May 28, 2019 • 44 min
This week represents a special show and a change for the Colombia Calling podcast where the interviewer Richard McColl - host of the podcast - is put to task and interviewed by Emma Louise Jay of Conquered by Colombia…
274: The Bogotá Cyclist
May 21, 2019 • 45 min
You asked, we listened and delivered! Ep274 of the Colombia Calling podcast deals with cycling in Bogotá with none other than one of the original city cyclists, El Mono Nuñez. So, in an enjoyable and flowing conversation, we sit down with el Mono and…
273: Resisting War in Colombia
May 14, 2019 • 44 min
Oliver Kaplan is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of the book, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge University Press), which examines how…
272: Bogotano por Accidente!
May 7, 2019 • 48 min
Mark Litwicki has lived a colourful and varied life and has been a journalist, an academic, an actor and indeed, an author. One constant in his life appears to be his love for Colombia. So, it is a great pleasure to have this Chicago-native on the…
271: Humanitarian Demining in Colombia
Apr 30, 2019 • 43 min
The HALO Trust was founded in 1988 in response to the global humanitarian catastrophe caused by landmines. The problem was particularly acute in Afghanistan where thousands of civilians were being killed or injured by landmines and their presence was…
270: Amalgama: Female Latin American Art Exhibition in London
Apr 23, 2019 • 31 min
Daniela Galan is a Colombian artist and art historian from Goldsmiths University. She is also a former lawyer and philosopher of Los Andes University, with a five-year background in education and corporate training
269: Storytelling for Business in Colombia
Apr 16, 2019 • 46 min
On Ep269 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we have the great pleasure of sitting down with Alma to discuss how her business has prospered in Colombia - traditionally a conservative country in this respect - what it is she actually does and plenty of…
268: The British Legion in Colombia, Believers in South American Independence or Unruly Opportunists?
Apr 9, 2019 • 40 min
Dr Matthew Brown - our guest on Ep 268 of the Colombia Calling podcast - considers the social and cultural aspects of the presence of these `foreigners’, and shows how they were an essential part of the revolution which eventually gave South America its…
267: Tensions with the Government in Southwestern Colombia
Apr 2, 2019 • 44 min
So we talk on this Ep267 of the Colombia Calling podcast to Ervin Liz, a member of the indigenous Nasa people and who hails from Cauca and who can provide us with a far more complete picture of what is going on. You’ll remember Ervin Liz from Ep201 in…
266: Talking to Angus Macqueen, Director of the documentary on Ingrid Betancourt
Mar 26, 2019 • 47 min
Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was the world’s most famous hostage and in a massive surge of good luck, the Director of, “2320 Days in the Jungle,” a documentary about Ingrid Betancourt made by award-winning director Angus Macqueen is…
265: Dehumanization of the “other” in Colombia’s conflict
Mar 19, 2019 • 44 min
Yana Shevkirova came to my attention a few months ago after having written a compelling article about Bogotá on her website,, entitled: “A City that Vacillates.” So, it is with great pleasure that this Londoner with roots in Bulgaria…
264: The demobilization of Colombia’s AUC paramilitaries
Mar 12, 2019 • 46 min
This is a very special episode since we have the opportunity to speak once again with our “anonymous” interviewee from Ep 251 (What is happening to the FARC guerrillas in Colombia right now?), who revisits us and shares the most recent findings from the…
263: The Story of Consul Henderson and José María Córdova
Mar 5, 2019 • 45 min
Tune in to an elightening episode surrounding the history of one of Colombia’s lesser known military heroes, and enjoy our new format news update from Adriaan Alsema of Colombia Reports
262: Coffee Axis Travel in Colombia
Feb 26, 2019 • 49 min
This is a timely episode with the ANATO tourism fair in Bogotá this week and we discuss how Colombia and the Coffee region in general can branch out and appeal to a wider audience. Of course, in addition to our informed and entertaining conversation with…
261: Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia
Feb 19, 2019 • 53 min
On Ep261 we discuss Alex Fattal’s (Penn State) new book, “Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia.‘“Reading less like an academic book and more like an in-depth ethnographic study of an advertising company and its role in…
260: Bringing Rugby and Surfing to at-Risk Colombian children
Feb 12, 2019 • 29 min
Andrew Wright is one of the long-term transplants from the UK to Colombia. Brought here originally by the banking world and after time spent there, he know oversees - in addition to his day job - the Fundación Buen Punto. With projects in Mosquera, close…
259: What Bitcoin means for Colombia and Venezuela
Jan 29, 2019 • 44 min
The potential for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in Latin America is huge according to Ep259’s guest, Matt Aaron. I for one am a complete newbie to this new form of finance and so, we go through the basics with Aaron and talk about the challenges facing…
258: Why are the students angry and protesting in Colombia?
Jan 22, 2019 • 41 min
In Episode 258 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we sit down with scot Sarah Jack, currently working in the Universidad Pedagogica, to talk about the university, the protests and what the students want from the Duque government. Hear Sarah’s accounts of…
257: A realistic look at Colombia and her politics for 2019 with Adriaan Alsema
Jan 15, 2019 • 43 min
On Ep257 we have the opportunity to talk with Adriaan Alsema the director of Colombia Reports ( the largest English news website in Colombia and discuss the reality of the political landscape here for 2019
256: The Importance of Colombia’s Truth Commission with Michael Evans
Jan 8, 2019 • 47 min
It is a great honour and pleasure to host Colombia-expert Michael Evans, Director of the Colombia Project at the National Security Archives in Washington DC ( and to listen him talk about the importance of a robust and focused…
255: The Making of Democracy and the Colombian Middle Class
Dec 11, 2018 • 48 min
In his book, Makers of Democracy A. Ricardo López-Pedreros traces the ways in which a thriving middle class was understood to be a foundational marker of democracy in Colombia during the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a wide array of…
254: Restoring or Reestablishing a Cultural Identity in Minca, Colombia’s Sierra Nevada
Dec 4, 2018 • 42 min
Shenandoah Cornish has moved her life to Minca in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada and is working to create a Centro de Memoria de la Sierra so that people from Minca can recognize and value their past. Offering guided tours of a museum in the Casa Balaguera in…
253: Colombian President Ivan Duque’s first 100 Days in Power
Nov 27, 2018 • 45 min
As everyone is doing it, and so have we, and here on Episode 253 of the Colombia Calling podcast we sit down in Bogotá with Sergio Guzman, Director of the political risk consultancy, Colombia Risk Analysis (…
252: Talking Tourism and Reconciliation with Paola Forero of Semana Rural
Nov 20, 2018 • 40 min
For Episode 252 of the Colombia Calling podcast we were honoured to be invited to the offices of the editorial Semana in Bogotá to talk to Paola Forero, the Director of Operations for the publication “Semana Rural.” We discussed the challenges facing…
251: What is happening to the FARC guerrillas in Colombia right now?
Nov 13, 2018 • 47 min
On Episode 251 of the Colombia Calling podcast we are able to chat to an academic from North America who has been exploring the dimensions of “demobilization” of guerrilla outfits such as the FARC and ELN in Colombia. On the condition of anonymity, we…
250: Science Journalist Andrew Wight Discusses his Business in Colombia
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
This week on our landmark Ep250 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we are on the line to Medellin with Australian journalist Andrew Wight
249: The Changing World of Birding in Colombia with expert Chris Bell
Oct 30, 2018 • 40 min
It’s time to talking birding and birdwatching in Colombia and the opportunities open to enthusiasts as told by expert Chris Bell. It’s a real pleasure to have Chris back on the show and talking with such knowledge about Colombia (the only gringo here I…
248: Testigo: A Documentary of Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Colombia
Oct 23, 2018 • 45 min
In this hard-hitting Episode 248, we are privileged to speak to the accomplished British documentary film-maker Kate Horne (other works include: Gabo, Turtle Boy, My Kidnapper. See on the line from London speaking about “Testigo; Cain…
247: Bastards and Diablos, the movie screening in Bogotá with Dillon Porter
Oct 16, 2018 • 44 min
Back on Ep131 we were privileged to have actor and script writer of the movie Andrew Perez on the line from Los Angeles discussing his latest film, Bastards and Diablos…this time, on Ep247 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we have the honour of speaking to…
246: Medicinal Cannabis Production in Colombia with Mat Youkee
Oct 9, 2018 • 38 min
How much do you know about the plantations and the medical cannabis industry in Colombia? If you’re like me, very little at all, so it is with great pleasure that on Ep246 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we sit down with British journalist Mat Youkee,…
245: Talking Democracy and Displacement in Colombia with Asst Professor Abbey Steele
Oct 2, 2018 • 47 min
It is a great honour to have to the Assistant Professor from the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, Abbey Steele on this week’s episode 245 of Colombia Calling. Not only do we discuss some of the poignant issues raised and…
244: What is Fair Trade Coke? We Talk to Dutch Anthropologist Janneke Nijmeijer
Sep 25, 2018 • 30 min
I came across this curious page called on twitter recently and decided to follow it up and talk to the author for Ep244 of the Colombia Calling podcast. It was a great pleasure to talk to Dutch Anthropologist Janneke Nijmeijer in…
243: Alternative Transport and Cycling in Bogotá with Chris Morfas
Sep 18, 2018 • 41 min
This we sit back down with Chris Morfas (you’ll remember him from Ep225, President Trump in Colombia) and speak with him about his expertise in alternative travel, sustainability and cycling and take all of this into account with his experience from…
242: Conquered by Colombia, the story of Emma’s move to Antioquia
Sep 11, 2018 • 42 min
After a brief holiday period away, I am happy to announce that the Colombia Calling podcast is refreshed and back on the airwaves and thrilled to have special guest Emma Louise Jay on the line from Las Palmas, Antioquia, talking about her unique Colombia…
241: Sonia and the Gringo
Aug 14, 2018 • 21 min
Following on in the footsteps of Episode 221 where I regaled you all with the first chapter of my novel: “The Mompós Project,” I have decided to share with you a further adapted extract from the book. This is entitled, “Sonia and the Gringo,” and is the…
240: Canadian Expat Delaney Turner Gives us his Thoughts on Bogotá
Aug 7, 2018 • 42 min
Canadian expat Delaney Turner sat down over several cupos of coffee with Colombia Calling and discussed his love of Bogotá and the whole Colombia experience. In what is, quite a profound and verging on the philosophical coversation, Delaney and I delve…
239: Photographing Colombia’s National Parks with Gabriel Eisenband
Jul 31, 2018 • 37 min
Colombian photographer Gabriel Eisenband performed a great public service when he decided to abandon his career in marketing to pursue his passion and dream of a life behind the lens. Now, Eisenband is a journeyman around his beloved Colombia and is the…
238: The Paris Picnic Club in Bogotá with Jennie Levitt
Jul 24, 2018 • 25 min
On Ep238 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we catch up with Jennie Levitt and get to see her new publication, “The Paris Picnic Club,” a delightfully constructed cookbook put together with her business partner Shaheen Peerbhai, and illustrated with…
237: Colombia hosts the Mountain Bike Race which has everyone talking!
Jul 17, 2018 • 42 min
It’s always a real pleasure to have the brains behind the Leyenda del Dorado ( mountain bike race on the show bringing with them an infectious enthusiasm for Colombia and what they are doing. So, on Ep237 of the Colombia Calling podcast we…
236: Reporting on delicate issues in Colombia with Colombia Reports’ Adriaan Alsema
Jul 10, 2018 • 48 min
It’s a pleasure to have Adriaan Alsema of Colombia Reports ( back on the show, this time, on Ep236 of Colombia Calling he discusses with us his newfound cult status - he is currently being shadowed by a photographer from the Dutch…
235: Colombia Calling has an Announcement to Make
Jul 3, 2018 • 20 min
There’s an announcement to be made on Colombia Calling, no the “English Voice in Colombia,” is not going away, but, we’ll be branching out and there’s a Spanish language podcast in the making (yes, I will stumble through in Spanish). There will be more…
234: Reporting in from Casanare with Julia and Andres of Aventur Eco Tours
Jun 26, 2018 • 45 min
It’s taken me 11 years to get to the Colombian department of Casanare and it shouldn’t have taken this long. But, under the careful guidance of husband and wife team of Julia Buschmann and Andres Gonzalez Perez (, I took my wife…
233: What will happen to Colombia’s peace deal under President Ivan Duque?
Jun 19, 2018 • 21 min
Ivan Duque is the new president of Colombia and will run the country from 2018-2022, what does this mean for the peace agreement with the FARC, of which he has been openly critical and opposed to? Instead of striking dramatic blows against the accord,…
232: Colombia at the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia w/ Simon Edwards
Jun 12, 2018 • 44 min
It’s that time again! The football world cup is upon us and it’s in Russia and Colombia take a strong team to face the likes of Poland, Senegal and Japan in Group H. So, it’s a great pleasure to have South American football expert and journalist Simon…
231: The Presidential Election Results in Colombia
May 29, 2018 • 18 min
On this Episode 231 of Colombia Calling, your host Richard McColl will provide you with a summary of what took place and how the voting happened in the first round and what to expect for the second round and the three weeks until then. Tune in to learn…
230: Protecting the Sierra Nevada and the Ciudad Perdida with Santiago Giraldo
May 15, 2018 • 42 min
Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range rises more than 18,000 feet from the Caribbean Sea — a height that makes them the tallest coastal mountains in the world. The national park that houses them is also the world’s most irreplaceable…
229: Colombia’s Fragile Peace and the Presidential Elections
May 8, 2018 • 36 min
In the light of recent events such as FARC politician Ivan Marquez returning to his jungle hideout in Caqueta and Jesus Santrich under arrest for allegedly cocaine trafficking to the US, I discuss the topics in the news about Colombia this week and it…
228: Tracing a Colombian family tree with Adam Navarro-Lowery
May 1, 2018 • 45 min
Long-time listener Adam Navarro-Lowery contacted Colombia Calling some weeks ago, full of enthusiasm for his upcoming first visit to Colombia…and yet, Adam is half Colombian and with extensive family links to Tolima and Santander. We sit down to discuss…
227: Coca: The Lost War On Drugs, with photo-journalist Carlos Villalon
Apr 24, 2018 • 46 min
Everyone has an opinion on the war on drugs, and here in Colombia, many are far better placed to make educated decisions about its worth and reach. One of these such people is Carlos Villalon who has been photographing the Colombian conflict, its actors…