Salta is a provincial capital of the mountainous northwest of Argentina. It was founded in 1582 and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and its Andean heritage. The city focuses on Plaza 9 de Julio, elegant and surrounded by cafes, around which the Cathedral of Salta and El Cabildo are located, an eighteenth-century town hall transformed into a museum. Nearby, there is the High Mountain Archeology Museum (MAAM), which houses Inca artifacts and mummies.