The “Chocolate Hills” are the most famous touristic attraction of Bohol island. These are 1268 hills,all with a similar shape and between 30 and 50 meters of height.
They are covered by grass, which, at the end of the dry season, becomes brown as chocolate, hence their name.
According to the legend, these hills are the result of a quarrel between two giants, who, during several days of fighting, were throwing to each other stones and sands. When they were too tired to fight, they became friends and decided to abandon the island, leaving behind them the mess they created.
Another legend, a more romantic one, tells about Arogo, a young and strong giant, who was in love with a normal girl, Aloya. After Aloya died, the giant cryed for days. His tears became hills, as an eternal memory of his grief.
However the truth about these hills is not clear. Even geologists don’t agree to a final conclusion. The most commonly accepted theory says that these are formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. This is the explanation that you can find at the top of the observation hill, that you can reach climbing 214 stairs.