Maria Julia was born in Trujillo, a city on the north coast of Peru. She is currently studying to become a High School Teacher, but also plans to start a second career in Tourism in order to help promote all the interesting places of her hometown, which has the biggest archaeological monument on the coast of Peru, Chan Chan, a city made of sand. Three years ago Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia was a national champion of Triathlon and Pentathlon, she considers it very important to combine intellectual affairs with sports as it is the only way to have balance. In her leisure time Maria Julia enjoys painting, watching movies, sport and dancing, she is a professional in the typical local dance, The Marinera . Her personal motto is "My family are my strength".