The local council has decided that a tax has to be paid by tourists crossing the bridge from Tinqui towards Ausangate. By the end of May 2011, the amount was 15 Soles (just over 5 USD). Of course, this tax is aimed at the many trekkers on the Ausangate circuit, but it´s unavoidable for climbers too.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe