Puerto Hambre, originally Ciudad del Rey Don Felipe, also known as Puerto del Hambre and at one time as Port Famine, is a historic settlement site at Buena Bay (locally known as Mansa Bay) on the west side of the Strait of Magellan approximately 58 km (36 mi) south of Punta Arenas in the Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Patagonia, Chile. Puerto Hambre lies halfway between the South Pole and Chile's northern border with Peru.
Since Chile claims its Antarctic territories extending all the way to the pole, this point is sometimes called the geographical center of Chile. A monument near the site marks this midpoint. The Spanish settlement was founded in March 1584 by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa as the city of Rey Don Felipe, as part of Spain's measures to prevent a repeat of Drake's 1578 entry into the Pacific via the Magellan Strait. It started with around 300 settlers, but conditions were harsh and local vegetation was sparse.
This attempt to colonise the shores of the Strait ended when the settlers starved or froze to death, and when the next English navigator, Thomas Cavendish landed at the site in 1587 he found only ruins of the settlement. He renamed the place Port Famine, and under this name it later became a base used by the British Royal Navy. The name was subsequently translated into Spanish as Puerto Hambre or Puerto del Hambre, and these names are still in use.