How to get around: To travel between cities, take the bus (Viazul is relatively dependable) or, for more flexibility, rent a car (though you should speak decent Spanish to attempt it). In town, taxis are your best bet; the state-run ones are everywhere (although expensive), but for an experience you can talk about endlessly at bars, until your friends sigh and wander off to get more drinks, flag down a classic, pre-Revolution American car, or colectivo (communal) taxi. They’re not supposed to take foreigners, but many do -- and they're cheaper and more fun than their state-run counterparts. Also, don’t expect change from any taxi driver. Ever. So always be cool and casually say, "Hey man, keep the change". See, now you win.