Pasto Flag: History And Meaning

The flag of Pasto  (Cololmbia) has three stripes of equal size, with a vermilion red upper and lower border and a navy blue stripe in the center. On the left side there is a yellow isosceles triangle turned 90 ° to the right.

Pasto is a Colombian municipality located in the southwest of the country, in the Andean region, and is the capital of the department of Nariño. This municipality is characterized by high economic activity with regard to the commercial exchange of goods and services, especially focused on the artisan sector.


The area that currently corresponds to the municipality was inhabited by the indigenous pastures before the Spanish colonization.

Some historians point out that the current municipal seat, San Juan de Pasto, was founded on two occasions: in 1537 and in 1539.

However, despite the long history of the Pasos town, it was not until mid-1967 that the need to honor the municipality with its own municipal symbols was established.

This is how on May 23, 1967, in the Pasto Municipal Council session, the design of the Pasto flag proposed by Ignacio Rodríguez Guerrero was unanimously approved.

Consequently, this model was adopted as the official flag of the municipality, with mandatory status for the citizens and civil authorities of Pasto.

Since then, the Pasto flag has been the official emblem of the San Juan de Pasto mayor’s office. It is also the official symbol of the local soccer team, Deportivo Pasto.



The vermilion red color represents the strength, the mettle, the bravery and the heroic and warrior character that characterizes the people of Pasto.

Historically the color red has been tied with wild feelings of courage and daring. This intention is evident in the municipal symbol of Pasto.


For its part, the navy blue color alludes to the beauty, fearlessness, justice and loyalty of Pasteur men and women.


The most relevant aspect of the Pasto flag consists of a golden yellow triangle, located at the extreme left of the flag.

This triangle is turned 90 ° to the right. The lower face of the triangle covers the entire left end of the flag and the upper vertex of the triangle points towards the center of the flag.

The golden yellow color symbolizes the erudition, wisdom, perseverance and benevolence of the inhabitants of Pasto.

According to the Pasto culture, those born in Pasto have innately managed knowledge.

In official acts, the Pasto flag must be erected on a pole 2.50 meters long. The official measures of the flag are 1.35 meters long by 1.10 meters wide.


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