I was in Parana state, which was pretty much the opposite of whatever people in the US imagine whenever they think about Brazil... there were lots of hills (mountains?) and beef and actual COWBOYS! (with horses and everything!!!!!) there was also a lot of italian food and I was NOT the whitest person around, despite being mostly of irish descent. it was also cold and rainy (winter) and people drank yerba mate and drank red wine with coke as well. Shrimp were NOT eaten everywhere and I didn't see a single monkey!
Of course, whenever I mentioned where I'm from all anyone mentioned was auto racing, so I guess the regional ignorances can go both ways