Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has been named an honorary ambassador for tourism to the Amazon rainforest by the Peruvian government, which has asked him to help protect the jungle from industrial development while publicizing its beauty.
Jagger was specifically named as the tourist ambassador of the Madre de Dios region, which borders Brazil and Bolivia and boasts numerous parks rich in wildlife species. At the official ceremony announcing his new gig, the singer was presented with gifts by indigenous peoples: bows, arrows and a feathered headdress.
Early in the week Jagger, who has been traveling with his ex-model wife L’Wren Scott and their son, met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
According to the Agence France Press, Jagger is currently staying in the Tambopata National Forest, which has several fancy lodges geared toward adventurers eager to get into the jungle but reluctant to get too dirty.
Jagger is joining the ranks of the tourism diplomacy corps, the bizarre, diverse and bizarrely diverse group of individuals, both real and fictional, who promote destinations around the world. Here are a few of Jagger's new compatriots.