THE FOCO TONAL OF OCOTLAN Photos and text © 2005 by John Pint. At the end of a dusty dirt road about three kilometers southwest of Ocotlán, lies an extremely curious “site” which is located next to an extremely curious “sight.” The latter, you can see from afar, towering over the nearby fields, farms and fences of piled volcanic rocks.
Ocotlán means "near the pines" or "place of the ocote (pines)". Ocote is from Nahuatl ocōtl, Pinus montezumae, a species of pine. History. Ocotlán was founded in 1530. Two main cathedrals line the plaza. One is the church named La Purisima ("The Most Pure"), which is one of the oldest buildings in Jalisco. The altar is dipped in gold.