San Gregorio, Chile

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San Gregorio
Town and Commune
Estancia San Gregorio
Estancia San Gregorio
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
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 y Antártica Chilena
Province Magallanes
 • 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

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

The comuna is 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) southwest of Punta Delgada, there is an estancia, and several imposing buildings dating from 1882.

Nearby are wrecks of two 19th-century cargo ships.[6] Ambassador was a sailing tea clipper, built in London in 1869 and beached at San Gregorio in 1896.[7] Amadeo was a steamship, built in Liverpool in 1884 and beached at San Gregorio in 1932.[8]


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.[9]


As a comuna, 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 2012–2016 alcalde is Edgar Cárcamo Alderete.[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Gregorio is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Juan Morano (PDC) and Gabriel Boric (Ind.) as part of the 60th electoral district, which includes the entire Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Carlos Bianchi Chelech (Ind.) and Carolina Goic (PDC) as part of the 19th senatorial constituency (Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region).


Beached wreck of the 1884 steamship Amadeo
  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". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Graham, Melissa (2003). Rough Guide to Chile. p. 470. ISBN 1-84353-062-7. 
  7. ^ Seidel, Guido. "Last port: Ultimo Puerto de Amarre – Ambassador" (in Spanish). Histarmar – Historia y Arqueologia Marítima. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Heaton, Paul M (2004). Lamport & Holt Line. Abergavenny: P.M. Heaton Publishing. p. 29, 34, 35. ISBN 1-872006-16-7. 
  9. ^ "San Gregorio" (in Spanish). [dead link]