In 1968, after spending approximately four years in Colombia, Lika Mutal and her family traveled to Peru and settled in Lima. There she studied at the School of Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where she met Anna Maccagno, an artist and professor. At the school she learned how to use diverse sculptural materials such as clay, wood, and steel. She also studied artistic techniques such as drawing and painting. Some time later she met Juan Arias, a local stone sculptor whom Anna Maccagno hired to teach sculpture techniques at the school. From that moment on, the artist decided to dedicate her work exclusively to stone, a difficult element to work with that posed a challenge for her.