Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Attractions: Chocolate Hills of Albay

A new tourist destination in Camalig, Albay is getting attention for its span of hills that look like the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Although the hills are not as rounded and symmetrical as those in Bohol, both share a strikingly similar appearance.


To get there:

From Legazpi City, ride a jeepney bound for Camalig town proper. Once in the town proper, look for a tricycle to take you to Quitinday Green Hills and Nature Park. You’ll have to rent it for 500 pesos as it will wait for you and take you back to the city proper. This rate should cover visits to Sumlang Lake and back to town proper. Habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) can be an option for solo travelers.

In less than 20 minutes, you’ll reach the foot of the park where registration and brief orientation are held.

Main Features
  • 4 peaks – There are four peaks open to tourists. Its gentle slopes allow for an easy and short hike to the top.
  • Hilltop view deck – In this park, you have the peak of the hills as your view deck.
  • Uniquely Bicol - It becomes easy to distinguish from Chocolate Hills with Mayon Volcano receding in the background.

For other sites to see in Camalig and its neighbor cities like Sorsogon, you can check my article in Rappler.

If you are looking for an offline guide to Albay, complete with maps, daily itinerary and budget, look for my guidebook in the app store via Favoroute. It is called Postcards of Mt. Mayon in Bicol.

Photos courtesy of my travel buddies.

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