During the Countryside Tour you will visit all the
“must see while on Bohol” attractions.
Your countryside tour would not be complete without a visit to the world famous Chocolate Hills.
There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.
There are some legends explaining the formation of the Chocolate Hills. The most romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya’s death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.
You will be visiting the Official Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella, run by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation as part of your countryside tour. Why the Official Sanctuary? Your visit will help financing their research and conservation of these endangered creatures instead of making some people rich by keeping Tarsiers captive under terrible circumstances.
You will be able to see these amazing tiny primates and even take pictures (without flash).
The Sandugo was a blood compact, performed in the island of Bohol in the Philippines, between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol on March 16, 1565, to seal their friendship as part of the tribal tradition. This is considered as the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. “Sandugo” is a Visayan word which means “one blood”.
The Sandugo is depicted in both the provincial flag and the official seal of the government in Bohol. It also features the image of the blood compact. The top of the seal explains the history behind the Sandugo event that occurred in Bohol, the fleet and the location where the Spaniards anchored and the place where the treaty was conducted which was dated on March 16, 1565.
A river cruise on a floating restaurant is the main activity that the Loboc River offers, attracting both local and foreign tourists. The river cruises start in the Town of Loboc and travel upstream to the Busay Falls. Because of its clean, green and peaceful river environment along with the local food served, the place is now widely known across the country, don’t leave this out of your countryside tour!
Stretching up to two kilometers, the dense Bilar Man-made Forest made up of red and white mahogany trees is located along the border of Loboc and Bilar towns.
As you leave Loboc town up the winding hilly road going to Chocolate Hills, you will notice immediately that you are now inside the forest because your view of the road and surroundings darken and you feel chilly, especially during summer months.
Bilar man-made forest was part of a bigger reforestation project that was created in response to the alarming deforestation in the Loboc watershed. This was caused by the destructive slash and burn farming system called kaingin, which was done by the locals who sought refuge in the forested area during World War II. The other part of the reforestation project became the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape (previously Rajah Sikatuna National Park). Both protected areas are managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church (also The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church), commonly known as Baclayon Church, is a Roman Catholic Church in the municipality of Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran. Baclayon was founded by the Jesuit priest Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sánchez in 1596, and became the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. It was elevated as a parish in 1717 and the present coral stone church was completed in 1737. The Augustinian Recollects succeeded the Jesuits in 1768 and heavily renovated the church since then
When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol and other parts of Central Visayas in 2013, the church building sustained major damage. Reconstruction by the National Museum of the Philippines started in 2013, and was completed in 2017
You want to finish your countryside tour with a visit to one of the local markets. Just like any other public market in the country, you can find nearly anything at the Bohol local Markets, including meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and grains, among others. According to the market administrators, it is one of the best places to source out vegetables since a good number of traders deliver their produce there. These vegetable suppliers come from Cebu and Mindanao, specifically from Cagayan de Oro City. The prices of the goods at the market are around 50% cheaper and much fresher compared to the ones sold in supermarkets and groceries in the city.