Cost to enter Sangay National Park is $2 for both nationals and foreigners. They say you need to buy the pass in the office in Riobamba, but quite a few people show up in Alao without it. There´s a park guard office (Alao Llactapamba) that is usually - though not always - staffed Monday through Friday including all night. The guard leaves Friday afternoon for the weekend. The current guard allows visitors to stay in the guardhouse for free.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."