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Chocolate Hills in Bohol Philippines

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Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women’s breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child’s drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of not less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

tarsier in bohol


The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is a very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than an adult mens’ hand. Mostly active at night, it feeds on a diet of insects. Local tradition sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. They can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.