I guess, the Chocolate Hills on Bohol, it’s one of the most visited places there. The Chocolate Hills are a geological group of unusually shaped hills. There is no exact information about how many hills there are, but at least 1 268. The name is thanks to green grass covering the hills, which turn brown (as chocolate) during the dry season.
There are three legends explaining the formation of the Chocolate Hills. The first tells the story about two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. A fight exhausted them and they forgot about their feud and became friends. After all, they forgot to clean up the mess they had made.
The second legend is more romantic. It tells the story about a giant named Arogo who fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya’s death caused that he could not stop crying. His dried tears were formed the Chocolate Hills.
The last legend is about a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it. The carabao ate it, but his stomach couldn’t handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. His dried feces were forming the Chocolate Hills.
How to get to the Chocolate Hills
It’s easy. There are a few options. Firstly, you can rent a scooter and organize a trip by yourself. You should get to Carmen town and then follow the sign, which leads you to the viewpoint. The second option is to rent a private taxi, which takes you to the famous places and attractions on Bohol. You can also buy an organized group trip, one of many available. I don’t know the price of a private taxi and an organized trip, because the whole island of Bohol we discovered by scooter.
More information about the Chocolate Hills you can find here.