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Ruminahui Canton (Pichincha, Ecuador)

Cantón Rumiñahui

Last modified: 2021-08-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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image by Jens Pattke, 29 October 2002


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The canton was formed on 31 May 1938
Symbols are at the provincial website: "The flag is of rectangular shape, divided into two horizontal fields: the upper field is celeste while the lower field is white."
Falko Schmidt, 29 October 2002 and Ivan Sache, 27 October 2008

Rumiñahui canton (13,415 ha) is located in the south-east of Pichincha province. It is composed of the three urban parishes of San Rafael, San Pedro de Taboada and Sangolquí, and of the two rural parishes of Cotogchoa and Rumipamba.
Canton website

The canton's namesake is the Inca warrior Rumiñahui. Rumiñahui was an Inca warrior after the death of Emperor Atahualpa. He led the resistance against the Spanish in the northern half of what was the Inca Empire and today is Ecuador. His real name is Ati Pillahuaso although he was given the nickname Rumiñahui meaning “stone-eyed” in Quechua. Rumiñahui is said to have been related to the late Atahualpa and although he tried to avenge Atahualpa’s kidnapping by Francisco Pizarro, he was defeated in battle beneath Mount Chimborazo. Inca historians believe Rumiñahui buried large amounts of gold in outside of Quito, which he burned to the ground before the Spanish could take siege. To this day, the whereabouts of the gold is unknown.
The OAS Children Corner, 9 April 2008
Ivan Sache, 30 July 2018


White is a symbol of peace enjoyed by the canton's inhabitants. Celeste blue means the purity of water and of the sky that covers Rumiñahui jurisdiction.
Canton website

Coat of Arms

image from provincial website