Chocolate Hills
Philippines, Bohol Island

Chocolate Hills is the main attraction and visiting card of Bohol Island. In the very center of the island, on an area of 50 square kilometers, 1268 (according to other sources - 1776) scattered hills are scattered, ranging in height from 30 to 120 meters. Their slopes are covered with grass, which burns out during the dry season, as a result of which the hills acquire a beautiful chocolate brown hue. Scientists put forward several versions of the origin of this "miracle of nature." The most reliable assumption is that the hills were formed due to erosion of layers of sea limestone, covering a monolithic clay platform that forms the "skeleton" of the island. The locals have their own explanation for the emergence of the Chocolate Hills - according to one legend, two giants, quarreling, began to throw huge stones at each other. Their battle lasted several days, and when they reconciled, they left the island, leaving behind a mess in the form of scattered boulders. Another legend tells of the giant Arogo, in love with a mortal girl. When she died, the inconsolable giant cried with burning tears that turned into Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills in 1988 was declared the third National Geological Monument by Flippin and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are depicted on the flag and coat of arms of the province of Bohol as a symbol of the natural beauty and wealth of the island. You can see the Chocolate Hills from the observation deck, equipped at a height of 64 meters (a long staircase leads to the viewpoint), located in the tourist resort Chocolate Hills Complex.

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