Chocolate Hills Natural Monument
A visit to the Chocolate Hills Natural Monument in Bohol, Philippines is like a visit to a land where Hershey Chocolate Kisses are created for giants, except for the fact that at this natural mossy wonder of the world you will need to bring your own chocolate if you are looking for a tangible treat. However, for those looking for an experience of a lifetime the natural beauty of Chocolate Hills will not disappoint with its approximate 1500 mounds that are covered in grassy limestone.
• Over 1,270 similarly cone-shaped hills creating a sea of hills over 20 square miles (50 sq km)
• Located in Bohol, Philippines
• Heights typically range from 98 to 160 feet (30 to 50 m) with the highest reaching 390 feet (120 m)
National Geological Monument
The Chocolate Hills was declared Philippines’s 3rd National Geological Monument (together with Taal Volcano, and Hundred Islands National Park) and recently included in the nomination for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and also proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The name Chocolate Hills actually was spawned by the famous Hershey treat given the fact that during the dry season the grass on the cone mounds browns and resembles rows of chocolate ripe for the picking. This coincidentally is also one of the best times of the year to visit the Chocolate Hills if you want to stay dry during your visit since there is a constant influx of precipitation during the rainy season.
In fact, while some people question man’s ancient influence scientists dismiss the option as the integrity of the mounds would surpass the Egyptian pyramids by far. The exact formation of the Chocolate Hills is unknown although the most commonly accepted theory in the area is that erosion and coral reef uplift from a major geological plate shift could have caused the mounds to simply erupt from the ground.
Photo by maxchu
Other explanations include volcanic action under the land or that the limestone mountains are the result of a massive volcano centuries ago. Of course, as with any monumental structure that is thought to be naturally caused there is folklore that surrounds the Chocolate Hills area as well that many natives will happily be willing to share with you during your stay.
UNESCO Tentative List
Justification for Outstanding Universal Value
It has been declared the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument on June 18, 1988.
The hills are in the Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Chocolate Hills is located at Bohol – How to get to Bohol
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