Serenity in La Serena~

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~

185 thoughts on “Serenity in La Serena~

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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    • 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 ❀

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  4. 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. ❀ Thank you.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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    • 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.

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