The body of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, is lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.
His family and close advisers, as well as the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay, paid their respects next to his open casket on Wednesday.
Mr Chavez died aged 58 after suffering from cancer for nearly two years.
Hundreds of thousands of people earlier took to the streets of the capital to pay tribute as a hearse carrying his coffin took hours to reach the academy.
The state funeral for Mr Chavez is due to take place on Friday.