Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chocolate Hills Forever - The Philippines

Let me take you down
cause I'm going to Chocolate Hills
Nothing is real
and nothing to get hung about
Chocolate Hills forever…

This was the version of The Beatles hit song “Strawberry Fields Forever” that I was singing as Sheila and I were sitting in a local bus cruising through the island’s windy interior.

We were going to see the Chocolate Hills – and I couldn't wait.

The Chocolate Hills is a geological phenomenon which, according to the Chocolate Hills National Geological Monument plaque, “was formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rainwater and erosion.” It goes on to say that, “these hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan, and consist of 1268 mounds of the same general shape.”

That's a lot of mounds.


Like I mentioned, I was quite excited to visit the hills. It was one of the major attractions I had wanted to see in Southeast Asia.

We viewed the Chocolate Hills from the Chocolate Hills Complex located in Carmen, about 34 miles (55 kms) from Tagbilaran City. There’s another viewing station located in Sagbayan town, but it’s much further away and we didn't have the time to go there.


We visited the Chocolate Hills at the end of January so the hills were still a bit green. Supposedly the best time to see the hills in its “chocolate” color is from March to May. Regardless, the scenery was still surreal with hundreds of conical mounds of chocolate hills scattered throughout the land – forever.

Let me take you down
cause I'm going to Chocolate Hills
Nothing is real
and nothing to get hung about
Chocolate Hills forever
Chocolate Hills forever
Chocolate Hills forever

-Adam

Next Stop: Bantayan Island, Cebu

4 comments:

  1. Looks like a very unique geological formation.

    If you ever do any hitchhiking in the United States, you should travel on U.S. 20 through Nebraska. Between Valentine and Chadron, you will go through the Sand Hills. Very beautiful area; lots of ranch land.

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  2. Hey, Tim! Duly noted, my friend. Thanks.

    Safe travels,
    Adam

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