San Gregorio, Chile

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San Gregorio
Town and Commune
On the road to Punta Arenas
On the road to Punta Arenas
Location of the San Gregorio commune in Magallanes Region
Location of the San Gregorio commune in Magallanes Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
San Gregorio
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 52°18′56″S 69°41′17″W / 52.31556°S 69.68806°W / -52.31556; -69.68806Coordinates: 52°18′56″S 69°41′17″W / 52.31556°S 69.68806°W / -52.31556; -69.68806
Country Chile
Region Magallanes
Province Magallanes
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Edgar Cárcamo Alderete (Ind)
 • Total 6,883.7 km2 (2,657.8 sq mi)
Elevation 51 m (167 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 384
 • Density 0.056/km2 (0.14/sq mi)
 • Urban 0
 • Rural 1,158
 • Men 886
 • Women 272
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 61
Website Municipality of San Gregorio

San Gregorio is a commune in the far south of Chile. It is part of Magallanes Region and Province, and is administered by the municipality of Punta Delgada, the principal town in the commune (the coordinates are those of Punta Delgada).

The comune is located on the north shore of the Strait of Magellan; between the Strait, to the south, and the border with Argentina, to the north. At the Primera Angostura, south of the town of Punta Delgada, there is a ferry crossing to Primavera commune on Tierra del Fuego Island.

In the settlement of Estancia San Gregorio (52°34′01″S 70°04′12″W / 52.566944°S 70.07°W / -52.566944; -70.07), some 40 km (25 mi) to the south west of Punta Delgada, there is an estancia, as well as several imposing buildings dating from 1882. Close by are two shipwrecks: the tea clipper Ambassador and the steamship Amadeo.[6]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, San Gregorio spans an area of 6,883.7 km2 (2,658 sq mi) and has 1,158 inhabitants (886 men and 272 women), making the commune an entirely rural area. The population fell by 29.5% (485 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

The population is mostly descended from Croatian, Spanish and other Europeans.[7]


As a commune, San Gregorio is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Carlos Mandriaza Muñoz (PDC).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Gregorio is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Carolina Goic (PDC) and Miodrag Marinovic (Ind.) as part of the 60th electoral district, which includes the entire Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Carlos Bianchi Chelech (Ind.) and Pedro Muñoz Aburto (PS) as part of the 19th senatorial constituency (Magallanes Region).


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of San Gregorio" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Graham, Melissa (2003). Rough Guide to Chile. p. 470. ISBN 1-84353-062-7. 
  7. ^ (Spanish) San Gregorio