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230 anniversary of the establishment of Guatemala City

Tivoli Neighborhood, Zone 9

Interesting places

Sol del Río Contemporary Art Gallery (5th Avenue 10-22, Zona 9)
In 1979, Sol del Río began as a framing shop one block away from the Tower of El Reformador.  In 1987, they moved to a large house located in 5th Avenue 10-22, Zone 9, property of the Zabalsa family, which allowed the business to expand and include an Art Gallery with the purpose of exhibiting the works of national and international artists.  They also sell art supplies, sculptures, and photographs.  Sol del Río is one of the pioneers of art photography and still provides framing, conservation, and management of artwork.

The Gallery has made great progress and participates in the ARCO Fair, Spain, where it has exhibited works of Guatemalan artists.  The gallery holds permanent exhibits of Guatemalan and foreign artists.  Isabel Ruiz, Moisés Barrios, Daniel Hernández Salazar, Igal Permuth, Luis González Palma, Alfonso Castillo, Darío Escobar, María Dolores Castellanos, Diana Lisset de Solares, and Lucía Morán have presented their work here. Sol del Río is the property of Víctor Martínez and his wife, Alicia de Martínez. Instituto Nacional de Fomento Municipal (National Institute of Municipal Management – Infom)


INFOM facilities.

On April 13, 1946 the Congress subscribed Decree 226, “Law of the Municipality”, which granted autonomy to the municipalities to carry out their administrative duties.

In 1955, the Bank Crédito Hipotecario Nacional created the Department of Municipal Credit, with the purpose of solving financial problems and providing technical assessment to municipalities.

On March 20, 1957, the Congress of the Republic subscribed Decree No. 1132, which includes the “Organic Law of the Instituto de Fomento Municipal” (Infom), with the purpose of promoting favorable conditions for the development of the municipalities; to provide technical, financial, and administrative assistance to the municipalities, in order to enable them to carry out basic works and public services; a rational exploitation of municipal goods and enterprises, and the general economy of the municipalities.

When Dr. Ramiro Alfaro became the head of INFOM and Mr. José Francisco Murúa became the manager, they decided to erect a building.  On June 7, 1974, at 11:00 a.m., the new building was inaugurated in 8th Street 1-66, Zone 9, in the Tivoli neighborhood.  High government representatives and national and international invitees were present.

The activity was led by then President Carlos Arana Osorio, who received a gold medal for his support to the municipalities and to INFOM.

Corporación Reforma

This family enterprise was founded in 1959 by the Mexican entrepreneur Francisco Acevedo Méndez.  His children Manuel, María del Alma, and María de Lourdes Acevedo Alcázar inherited the business and they have been helping out families in times of death.


The company is located in 6th Avenue 10-14, zone 9.  Its mission is to provide the best customer services and support, with the due respect and care.


Reforma Funeral Home in zone 9.

The Funeral Home was designed and decorated with the grieving families’ security in mind. Programs include all the services needed for a funeral.  Long-term contracts are available and are not susceptible to US dollar-local currency exchange rate fluctuation. The computer system of the company is the most modern and reliable and allows accessing the data very quickly.  This company has approximately 600 employees.

Corporación Reforma has four centers in the city:

Reforma zone 9, headquarters; Reforma zone 7, and Reforma zone 1. They also have two centers in Quetzaltenango and Antigua Guatemala, respectively. This geographic distribution allows the company to offer more coverage in the country.  They also provide free transportation to Guatemalans that die in foreign lands.

The company also owns Reforma, Capillas Hermano Pedro, Villa de Guadalupe (private cemetery), Jardín Hermano Pedro Crematorium, Reforma Crematorium, and Prever.

Fondo Nacional para la Paz (National Peace Fund – Fonapaz)

FONAPAZ a part of the President’s office.  Headquarters are located in 5th Av. 8-50, zone 9, Tívoli neighborhood. This office is in charge of procuring the financial and social development of the Guatemalan people, to improve their lives, and to eradicate poverty and extreme poverty to consolidate peace. These objectives are included in the Peace Accords subscribed on December 29, 1996.


Save the Children Guatemala


Headquarters of the international organization.

Save the Children Guatemala is a Guatemalan civil non-lucrative association, without political or religious ties.  It is a member of Save the Children, an alliance of 27 members of 120 countries.

In Guatemala, it began operating as an international mission in 1976 and became a legal persona in 1983, through Government Agreement 879/83. Today it is part of the following national networks:  Inter-institutional Coordination for the Rights of Children, Social Movement for the Rights of Children, Teens, and Young People of Guatemala, Municipal Table for the Rights of Children, Council of Development Institutions.

It is also part of the Greater National Campaign for Education, the Inter-agency Network for Education, and the Central American Circle and Learning for Children, Municipalities, and Local Empowerment.



On the median at 8th Street, in front of the main entrance to the Industria Park and on the northern limit of the Tivoli neighborhood there is a statue in honor of Ramón Samayoa Martínez, which states:


Dreamer first, then promoter of charity work among which is this park that provides you with health, peace, and comfort”.
In his honor, from friends and family

Guatemala, July 1992
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