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El Goaltal Parish (Carchi, Ecuador)

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The parish of El Goaltal, located in the north-west of Carchi province, was established by Decree No. 660, adopted on 27 December 1949. The youngest parish of Espejo canton, El Goaltal was settled by chichona harvesters in a mountainous area known as Los Golondrinas. Realizing that the soil and climate would favor agriculture, they registered on 27 October 1936 Sociedad Obrea Acción Vicentina, which was granted for free the Golondrinas area by Executive Decree No. 97, issued on 23 April 1938.
Parish website
Ivan Sache, 7 September 2018

The Flag

The flag of El Goaltal is composed of three horizontal stripes of the same size, from top to bottom, green, white, and celestial blue.

Green is a symbol of biodiversity, plant abundance, hope, and aspiration of the first settlers to have a worthy life; green represents the rich and diverse plant production, including exotic wood trees, the protecting wood and the forest reserve delimited on the parish's jurisdiction.

White is a symbol of the purity of the air and of the citizens living in a wealthy and welcoming parish; white represents conservation of the natural environment, and the producing and ecological fields as sources of crystalline water and natural life.

Celestial blue represents the water resources of the parish, such as sources, brooks, rivers, waterfalls and marshes, which are part of the tourist local reserves, source of life and recreation for the past and present generations, with crystalline water gushing forth from the mountains; celestial blue also represents the clear and warm months of July, August and September during which the sky is totally limpid.
Parish website
Ivan Sache, 7 September 2018