Chocolate Hills is one of the most interesting point of tourist attractions in the Philippines. At the same time, it is a symbol of the Bohol region, and these hills also are depicted on the flag of this province. 1247 hills of very similar regular shape seem like something that could be made only by human beings, but what is the truth? This place is associated with many strange stories and conspiracy theories, but the beauty of this landscape is mesmerizing anyway.
Tourism and Other Activities
Only a couple of those hills have a developed tourism infrastructure. In fact, all you have to do is look at others from afar. In addition, these hills are already difficult to protect. Although it is proposed to include them in the UNESCO list of natural heritage, the Philippines is struggling to protect all the hills. In fact, farmers are constantly spinning between these hills, and there are both legal and illegal quarries here. Such human activity is detrimental to the vegetation of the Chocolate Hills, which gave this creation of nature such a name.
These hills are very regular in shape and look like peculiar mounds. But in reality, it is a geological monument formed by karst processes. The table next to one observation deck states that the Chocolate Hills are the remains of corals that have been raised for centuries and have been polished and sanded by rain. And this, by the way, is the most convincing version of the formation of these mountains.
There are also a number of legends that explain the origins of these hills. One legend has it that the two giants threw stones and sand to each other while playing a game, but eventually they got tired, reconciled, and left all the mess behind such a battlefield. As a result, the hills were made in this way. Another legend is more romantic. It tells that there was the immortal giant called Arogo who deeply fell in love with the mortal girl called Aloya. They were together and loved each other in the nicest way that people have been seen. However, when she died, Arogo was so sad and he cried so much that his tears formed this landscape to would always remind his heartbreak.
Nature and Shapes
The Chocolate Hills are covered with lush green plants. In the flatter areas between the hills, people are cultivating rice and perform other activities of farming. However, many activities are restricted in this area. Such a specific shape of the hills, reminiscent of human creations, is one of the reasons why Chocolate Hills got they delicious name. The conical shape of the chocolate hills is reminiscent of the so popular sweets called Hershey’s Kisses, made since 1907. In fact, other chocolates have a similar shape. In the dry season, the vegetation of the Chocolate Hills begins to rest, so when it there is an absent of rain, everything turns into brown landscape. Thus, the hills take on a brown color and chocolate texture.