The Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

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The Chocolate Hills are one of the main attractions on the island of Bohol in the Philippines.  It is a large area of land in which over a thousand hills leaves the Earth looking like a more colorful version of James Edward Olmos’ face – Pockmarcked yet dignified.  The large mounds, 30-120 meters high, consist of grass covering limestone.  In the dry season, the grass on top of the hills dries out, turning a brownish color, which is where the Chocolate Hills get their name.  In other times of the year, the hills remain green, though the sparser vegetation still leaves them looking different from the surroundings and still worth the visit.

Getting to the Chocolate Hills is easy once you are on Bohol.  I’m not sure it’s possible to arrange a tour on Bohol that does not include the Hills, so finding someone to take you there is as easy as can be.  There is a particular viewing spot, which all of the tours go to, that has been built to give visitors a wide view of the area.  You hike up a number of stairs to the top of the platform and you can look out over the divoted landscape as far as the eye can see.  It’s a really impressive view and pretty amazing to think that it’s all just a natural coincidence.  It’s a sight that makes you feel like you’re on an away mission on Star Trek, so just make sure you’re not wearing a red shirt and enjoy the splendor.

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