|Municipality and Town|
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
|Incorporated (Municipality)||November 22, 1869|
|• Municipal Pres.||Jose Luis Martínez Velázquez|
|• Municipal Trustee||Noemí Pérez Villegas|
|• Controller||Daniel Loera Martínez|
|• Treasurer||Olga Lidia Segovia Hernández|
|• Municipal Clerk||Porfirio García Bolaños|
|• Total||895.6 km2 (345.8 sq mi)|
|• Demonym||Chapulin or Chapulines|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)|
Teocaltiche (Nahuatl: Teocaltillitzin "place near the temple") is a town and municipality in the central-western Mexican state of Jalisco. Teocaltiche is located in the northeastern highlands region of Jalisco, commonly referred to in Spanish as "Los Altos de Jalisco". The grasshopper or "chapulin" is a popular icon for the town.
The town is also known for its tourism, for example, the "Hospital de los Indios" (or alternately "la Capilla") is a chapel in the city centre and the oldest standing building of Teocaltiche, built approximately in the year 1546 by the Spanish conquistadors. Teocaltiche is one of the oldest settlements with Hispanic influence from the time of the Spanish conquest. The territory was conquered by Cristóbal de Oñate and Manuel de Ibarra in March of 1530 on the order of Nuño de Guzmán.
Jose Luis Sandoval Jimenez, probably its most representative citizen, has been named "Ambassador of Teocaltiche to the World". Jose Luis and his family currently reside in Mexico City.
Main manufacture of the region is agricultural products and livestock. The farmers raise horses, cows, sheep, pigs, poultry, and goats. Agriculture includes the production of onions, corn, oats, beans, and alfalfa. There are also many artisans that sell hand-crafted goods.