Leaders from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean arrived in Venezuela to pay tribute to the country's late president Hugo Chavez, who died Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.

From Argentina to Mexico, heads of state were expected to be at his funeral on Friday, though some arrived earlier to pay their repsects.

After as seven-day mourning period, Chavez's body will be encased in a glass casket and put on permamanet display in the Museum of Revolution in Caracas.