El Parque Jardin del Corazon (Garden of the Heart) is the largest Japanese garden in South America.
It is located in La Serena Chile.
La Serena is Chile’s second oldest city, know for its historic neocolonial architecture.
The garden was built in 1994 as a cooperative effort by businesses in Japan and Chile to celebrate La Serena’s 450th anniversary.
It is full of lagoons, waterfalls, and native Japanese flora and fauna.
This is a Spot Flanked Gallinule, native to distinct areas of Chile and South America, making himself quite at home in the lush Japanese gardens!
Note: There are Golden Carp swimming in the gardens, but I photographed the Koi in San Diego and added them, feeling they fit in nicely with the landscape ambience.
Cheers to you from Chile’s Garden of the Heart~
A place to relax for sure!
A Zen space.
So beautiful! Especially that green beak!
Isn’t he awesome! It took me awhile online to find out what he was.
So lovely, Cindy.
Thanks much Susan & Happy Saturday!
Oh this is so lovely! We went to that garden when we were in La Serena (a few years back now) and you’ve done a much better job of reporting about it than I did.
What an amazing coincidence that you went there! It is sleepy and not highly trafficked.
Wonderful images, Cindy. Your photos of the fish are amazing.
Ahh, thanks much Vicky & happy you enjoyed them!
I have always enjoyed gardens. Koi too.
They provide needed refuge in an often chaotic world.
Cindy, thank you for these beautiful photographs!
Awww, thanks much Charles & Happy Saturday!
The place is beautiful! Love the garden!
Thank you Darnell. It is such a tranquil place.
Beautiful pictures! Looks like a relaxing location. 💕
It was a spot of lush serenity in the midst of the Chilean desert!
What a wonderful find in the dessert!
Truly a desert refuge <3
I hope it’s OK that my favorite photo is of the San Diego Koi!
Mine too! <3
beautiful photos… i hope to personally experience and be at awe on such a beautiful site…
I hope you do, and soon! Cheers to you <3
wow what a beautiful place
Living serenity <3
Beautiful. Took me right back to Tokyo!
What a beautifully serene place to spend time in!
I could easily spend time here daily <3
How absolutely beautiful!
So happy you enjoyed & thank you kindly <3
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Photos by Cindy Knoke of exquisite Chile’s Garden of the Heart.
I love my awesome blogging friends like you Patricia <3
Your usual high quality pictures. Excellent landscapes. That first carp one and the bird’s beak are stunning
You are a nice friend Derrick. Thank you very much & be well <3
Thanks a lot, Cindy. X
I have never seen a bird with a green beak before, wow!
I found him quite amazing too! They live in a limited range in the middle of South America only.
wie toll wieder, liebe Cindy, schönen Sonntag und viel Erfolg in der kommenden Woche wünsche ich dir, Klaus
Danke mein sehr freundlicher Freund und hab eine wundervolle Woche! <3
so soll es sein
A beautiful and relaxing garden. Love the greenish tone of the place. Crystal clear water and the colorful fish can keep you watching them moving around! Oh, that is another exotic bird. Strange looking but very cute.
You have a closely observant eye. Thank you my friend & have a wonderful Sunday <3
What a gorgeous place – I can feel how calm and serene it must be to experience it.
I could have relaxed there for much longer than we did <3
Beautiful captures of a lovely looking place, Cindy. That confident curious Gallinule makes me smile.
Isn’t he something! They live only in a band across the middle of South America. <3
Must be a rock n roll band 🤣
My goodness, how gorgeous!
It was this green oasis in the middle of the Chilean desert!
Just amazing! And the colorful fish – wow!
Mother Nature in all her glory <3
Yes indeed! 😀
Beautiful! Great shot of gardens. 🙂
So happy you enjoyed & cheers to you!
Gorgeous! Just could not get enough of that Gallinule – what fantastic colours!
Isn’t he beautiful! It took me quite awhile to find out what he was.
Truly lovely Cindy, we have a Japanese garden not far away from us. It is hidden in the city of Mississauga. The plants and architecture is Japanese and it’s so lovely in its arrangement. It is peaceful there.
Yes. It is the feeling of Zen <3
There was a Japanese wedding the day we were there.
Oh it must have been beautiful!
It was Cindy…
Gorgeous garden, Cindy. My daughter and I love going to Japanese gardens but this one feels lighter and brighter than most. Interesting duck species. Beautiful. You must be having loads of fun seeing all those wonderful places.
Japanese gardens have this unique Zen like peace. We did have a wonderful time and are home now, planting veggies and waiting for the sweet peas to bloom. Happy Sunday to you sweet Marlene <3
The first photograph would go on my wall and I would NEVER tire of looking at it…it’s that gorgeous. Koi are truly magnificent and you certainly captured their beauty. I love the bird…so much. <3 Thank you.
You love the same things I do which is why we understand each other <3
Serenity is the perfect word for this place.
Yes, it is aptly named! <3
The first photo with the fishes is not from this world. It is fabulous. I can’t take my eyes from it.
Thank you so much, dear Cindy.
And the fishes and the leaves did this all by themselves! I am very pleased you enjoyed them & thank you. <3
Extraordinary!! Kudos to all those who have created a marvelous place to commune with fellow creatures.
So happy you enjoyed & Happy Sunday Rebecca <3
Serenity and tranquility.
Great pics as always Cindy! Thanks
Thank you Gary & cheers my friend~
Brilliant Cindy. ♥
Thank you & I hope you are feeling better soon.
How I love a Japanese garden, Cindy! I can feel my heart rate slowing as I look at these lovely photos — and the cares of the world simply float away.
Yep. Me too. The Zen environment is a potent soporific!
Appears as a feeding frenzy. …. Nonetheless, looks like a beautiful location. Cheers to the joys of travel.
Travel is a positive addiction!
I would not expect such lush, green garden and lakes in that region, from what we saw a bit north in Peru, along the coast. We much get a little further south to Chile, on of these days. – Oscar
This lush refuge was in the midst of Chile’s vast desert so it was quite an anomaly.
Muchos gracias Curt~
The colors are so vibrant! Beautiful, as always, Cindy! 🙂
Happy Monday to you Dorinda & thank you my friend <3
Happy Monday, Cindy! <3
Happy Wednesday sweet friend <3
The gardens look so relaxing. 🙂
It is a tranquil refuge.
They look fabulous, Cindy! Hugs to you from across the world 🙂 🙂
Thanks Jo & hugs back to you!
I have been to Chile several times but never to La Serena – what a lovely place!
I am glad you have been to gorgeous Chile <3
Stunning. These shots are some of your best.
So kind of you Robert, and much appreciated too <3
Thanks for sharing this little piece of paradise Cindy. <3
So happy you me there my friend <3
It looks beautiful <3 Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😽💞
Visa versa 2UX2 <3
The gardens are so beautiful and relaxing. I enjoyed being able to visit them virtually via this post.
You make me happy I posted. Thank you Sheryl <3
I could live there! Gorgeous shots, Cindy. ❦❦
Meanwhile, back on Canadian TV, they reported that a new study states that 1 million species of flora and fauna are becoming close to endangered.
I read this too. Nothing I can say is there? Despite the grief and love of so many good people all over the world for this planet and all her creatures, too many of those who profit and could make a change will not, and hence we all will be endangered, because after all, we are just another animal species on this planet, albeit the most destructive species of all time. It is just depressing.
I bet you photographed the fish in La Serena too, but you’re just being koi.
Cracking up……excellent! 😉 😉
That’s a very beautiful garden! Great photos of it too 🙂
Very pleased you enjoyed & thank you for letting me know <3
Amazing!!! The photos are awesome👍
Ahhh, so kind & so appreciated. Cheers to you Raj <3
Exotic and relaxing!
Thank you! We need more of both these things in our lives.
Corazon is scenically perfect, and, very comforting.
I am so glad! Thank you for letting me know & cheers to you <3
Serene,the colors,the green,lush. I believe I would love this garden. I love the addition of the Koi. 🙂 Jen
Awww, your kindness is most appreciated! Cheers to you <3
Lovely inspirings! There is so much beauty allover the world. Thanks for your sharing, Cindy!
Thank you more for the kind appreciation <3
You are welcome Cindy!
It’s amazing how vibrant the various shades of green can be.
It is almost like the plants were rejoicing about growing in the midst of Chile’s vast desert <3
I can understand that! Like when spring finally shows up.
Very beautiful Japanese Gardens via your lens. 💗
Thank you Amy & I am happy you enjoyed the Zen moment <3
I was without Internet for the problems of Venezuela with the failed coup d’etat. I could not miss these wonderful photos of the Serena Chile. And what a coincidence, next month I move to Santiago de Chile. Here life has been complicated by inflation and lack of products. The electricity goes continuously and the water is very rationed. the quality of life has been diminished. There is no choice but to leave.
How difficult this must be. I am sorry. I know you know better than I, that Santiago is a beautiful city, with easy access to the amazing Andes and the gorgeous sea. I hope you are happy there.
I also expect the same. In addition I will have some of my children very close. Thanks for your wishes. I thank you.
Oh wonderful! Buenos suerte.
Don’t know why, but I’ve always been attracted to places like these, Cindy. Maybe it’s became they seem so peaceful. 🌙 G’nite
It is that undefinable Zen <3
Jardín del corazón, nice name and a beautiful place. In Chile, I´m traveling the world sitting down in my computer.
So happy you are traveling along Charly & be well my friend.
Thanks Cindy, appreciate it. The LIKE button doesn’t work in this computer, but just now I´m watching you…..or those freaky but beautiful birds
Awesome. Take good care Charly.
Wow! As if there weren’t enough places I already hope to see…. 🙂 The list grows!
Plus, you need to see the REALLY big reptiles that live down this way!
I know, I know! I shouldn’t try to pet them, but, I know myself – I won’t contol the urge well! Attempts were futile in Costa Rica. you know. If the offer still stands, I shall reach out for location suggestions when the time comes.
Oh definitely, as long as you promise to keep your distance from the crocs! Let me know when before you go and I will help you plan.
Ha ha! You truly see it, don’t you… I suppose the pre-promise includes the babies. I reckon they could take a finger. Agreed! Thank you, Cindy!
Love the first photo (the others too, of course 😉 )! What a diversity of wonderful colors there!
Yes the white, and then those amazing chevrons. Beautiful bird!
I am very happy you enjoyed & thank you!
What a lovely place to relax and just be peaceful.
I wonder what would happen in you came here and sang. It would attract so many living creatures.
Birds usually join in chirping and trilling 😊
Calming images. Tried to “like” post but it will not do it.
Your thoughts are more important. Thank you.
The Spot Flanked Gallinule picture is special. Either he is sporting quite an outfit,. or she is trying out the latest lipstick. . . Some sights you’ve seen!
Thank you for making me laugh! <3
It’s gorgeous – look at those glorious fish! Thanks for showing us around, Cindy 🙂
Thank you so much more for hanging out with me Christy <3
Muchas gracias mi amiga <3
Ah yes, inspiring. must go
I love Japanese gardens and this one is so beautiful! Have a beautiful Saturday, Cindy!
Honored. Thank you very much.
Bonjour ou Bonsoir Ami ,Amie CINDY
Avec beaucoup de sincérité
Je suis mon cœur
Il a ses pensées , ses choix et ses propres idées
C’est alors et seulement
Que l’on devient acteur de sa vie
Il faut dans la vie savoir aussi
Tendre la main à qui en a besoin
Sans en espérer un retour
Juste se dire que c’était bien
Alors s’installe une belle harmonie avec soi-même
Je te souhaite ce qu’il y a de meilleur
Profite bien , belle journée
Bisous , Amitié Bernard
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard~
Cindy, what a gem, I’m so happy to see this!
I am happy you enjoyed and stopped by to tell me! Cheers to you~
So are you. Thank you.
I love the Gallinule – the green beak is quite a contrast to its gray feathers. Nice!
It is such an unusual bird isn’t it. Quite striking. Happy you like it & thank you დ