Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is due to arrive in Cuba Tuesday, making her the first Chilean leader to visit the island nation since 1972.
During her four-day stay in Havana, Ms. Bachelet is scheduled to hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro. She may also meet with former leader Fidel Castro.
Ms. Bachelet is traveling with a large delegation of business leaders, cultural figures and government officials. The visitors include Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley and the ministers of culture and agriculture.
Members of Chile's opposition have strongly criticized Ms. Bachelet for not planning to meet with Cuban dissidents during the trip.
The last Chilean president to visit Cuba was socialist leader Salvador Allende, who considered Fidel Castro a friend.
Before traveling to Cuba, Ms. Bachelet visited Honduras where she signed education, technology and science pacts.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters