Thursday, January 7, 2016

No one is quite sure how the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol in the Philippines came to be. There's no doubting that they're a sight to see. Read more here.

Located on the island of Bohol in the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills are a complete mystery to locals and visitors alike. The attraction is exactly what it sounds like: a ground of rounded hills, chocolate brown in color during the dry season, located at the center of the tiny island. The catch: no one really knows how they got there—but there are some ideas floating around.

One local legend shares the thought that the hills are the aftermath from a fight between two giants who spent days hurling stones at each other before finally giving up. Another idea states that the hills are the tears of a giant grieving the death of a mortal woman he had fallen in love with.

There's no clear count as to how many hills there are exactly—some say 1,268, while others have counted as high as 1,776. Trees and shrubbery refuse to grow on these curious slopes. All of this being said, it's clear the Chocolate Hills are worth a spot on any world traveler's must-see list. Be warned: You won't be able to climb any of the hills. Instead, there's a viewing deck open to the public with hilly vistas as far as the eye can see.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

No one is quite sure how the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol in the Philippines came to be. There's no doubting that they're a sight to see. Read more here.

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