LA PAZ – British actor Jude Law started his visit to Bolivia on Friday by meeting with President Evo Morales, who presented him with a traditional poncho woven by Indians, before going on to enjoy the Andean country’s Carnival festivities.
Morales and the country’s vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, greeted Law at the presidential palace, where the actor was escorted by a long caravan of vehicles as soon as he landed in La Paz, at almost 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) above sea level.
In a statement to the media after meeting with the Bolivian president, the actor said he was “excited” and “happy” that they invited him to Bolivia.
Law said he had a wonderful welcome from the president and his vice president, and now hopes to see something of Carnival and then see many places in their beautiful country.
Dozens of Bolivian admirers of the star of “Alfie” and “Cold Mountain” gathered around the presidential palace to see the actor, who started the visit wearing dark clothes and dark glasses, though the colorful poncho Morales gave him immediately brightened up his sober outfit.
On Saturday Law goes to the Andean city of Oruro, located at some 3,700 meters (12,100 feet) above sea level, to enjoy its Carnival celebrations, which, with the riches of its intangible cultural heritage, is considered the finest festival of Bolivian folklore.
The Carnival of Oruro was declared one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001.
Its outstanding feature is the “Diablada” parade, whose dancers portray the eternal battle between good and evil, represented by the Archangel Michael and Lucifer.