Topping 110 degrees in the summertime, Maracaibo has the highest average temperature in the hemisphere. Indoors, however, the oil-rich industrial city in northwestern Venezuela is one of the coldest places on Earth. Matrons draped in furs overcompensate for the heat with air-conditioner settings that would chill a polar bear. This contrast between hot and cold might explain the sizzling cool of Guaco, the 22-piece dance ensemble first formed as a folklore troupe by a group of adolescents on a Maracaibo street corner more... More >>>