Day 8 After an early breakfast, we will ascend for around three hours to reach Llactapata (2700mtrs) where we can admire views of Machu Picchu from across the valley. So near and yet so far, but I am sure our first sight of it will keep our spirits up though. On the way we pass coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes and diverse flora and fauna. Hopefully we will still have our heads up at this point. After a few days of hard walking, it can be very easy to miss the sights around you. However, I am sure Mr McDonald will keep up his cheery patter. He is a quiz master so I am sure to learn something along the way. After enjoying the view, we take the trail down to the Hydroelectrica, where we stop for lunch before taking the train to Aguas Calientes (2040mtrs) where we check into a guesthouse for the night. Now I love trains and, as many of you know, I am named after Paddington Station in London where I arrived when I travelled over from Peru and met my new English family. This is a beautiful old train and I am sure that this will be a great part of the journey.