Sometimes geology gets so capricious that it gives us real wonders like these illusory Chocolate Hills, located in the Philippines. It is an unusual geological formation composed of around 1,270 hill-shaped cones of similar size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers.
These hills are covered with green grass that turns brown during the dry season; hence the name “chocolate hills.” But how was this picturesque place formed? What forces intervened to lift these cones that share the same altitude? Let’s get out of doubts below.
The Philippines, a natural paradise
In natural terms, few territories beat the Philippines. This historic and beautiful archipelago located at the gates of the colossal Pacific awaits impressive landscapes.
Some of them such are the beautiful beaches of Marimegmeg Beach or Hidden Beach; georeserves like Masungi or aquatic environments like Big Lagoon, Kayangan Lake or Bojo River. And these are just some of those jewels that are worth visiting.
On the other hand, the urban also offers authentic shows, such as the interesting tours of Cebu and Mactan, the markets of downtown Manila or the entrance to the Orlina Museum in Tagaytay, among others.
However, it is also possible to enter the full nature to know one of the most picturesque places that settle on this peculiar archipelago. To do this, we must travel to Bohol to know some curiosities about the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines, declared the third National Geological Monument and proposals for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites by Unesco.
How were the chocolate hills formed?
The Chocolate Mountains are a very famous tourist attraction in the Philippine archipelago. The cause of their appearance is not fully known, but it is assumed that these geological formations originated on the ocean floor millions of years ago.
Later, the tectonic movements raised and emerged all these submarine columns to the surface. Later it was the turn of erosion, which, intensified by the rain and the wind, was wearing down the surface of these rocks of limestone origin until they acquired their current appearance.
All the cones have a similar height and diameter and are next to each other, as if they were small pyramids. On the other hand, to ascend one of these brown clusters, about 250 steps have been arranged, which gives an approximate height of 50 meters.
This karst origin, based on a combination of the dissolution of the rock by the rains, the surface waters and the subterranean waters, explains why the calcareous rock mountains contain numerous caves and springs.
The hills of Bohol, a delicious box of truffles
The hills of Bohol symbolize the abundance of natural beauty in this region. They are so emblematic there that they are part of the Bohol flag and seal, to symbolize the natural appeal of the province.
To get to the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines, you have to head towards the small municipality of Carmen. It is not allowed to climb them, but there is an observation platform at the entrance on a high viewpoint that must be accessed on foot and paying a small entrance fee.
The entire area of the hills is full of ideal locations for tourism, such as small rural hotels, restaurants and multi-adventure spaces. Among them, Chocolate Hills Adventure Park stands out, where a multitude of activities are offered such as bicycle rides, zip lines, hiking and horseback riding, all while contemplating the famous Chocolate Hills.
The chocolate hills, a place of legend
A place as picturesque as this cannot be deprived of fabulous legends and stories. One of them claims that there are mythological giants behind the Chocolate Hills.
According to the versions, it could have been due to a fight of large balls of earth and stones between them that the hills were formed; Likewise, another legend of a more romantic character says that these clusters are actually the tears that a giant shed when he lost his beloved.
Whatever their origin, the Chocolate Hills are a magnificent proof of the richness that the Philippine archipelago hides. Without a doubt, you cannot miss them on your next adventure through these eastern lands.