The department of the Capital is a department in the province of Salta, in the northwest of Argentina. It is located in the center of the province. It has the approximate shape of an inverted L. It borders the departments of La Caldera, General Güemes, Metán, La Viña, Chicoana, Cerrillos, and Rosario de Lerma. It is mountainous to the east, with elevations between 1200 and 1300 masl, and flat to the west, this latter sector corresponding to the Lerma valley. It is divided administratively into two municipalities: the City of Salta and the Villa San Lorenzo.