We are flying into Rio early afternoon and will need to fly out the next morning from the domestic airport (heading to Campo Grande). When we return, we will have 2-3 nights in Rio to visit Sugarloaf, Christ Redeemer, etc. While there, we would like to partake in the nightlife, see the beachs, dancing clubs, etc. But we do prefer smaller, intimate (boutique style) hotels versus high rises and chains.
Should we divide up our stay at two different properties and two different areas? What neighborhoods are great for strolling, dining, cocktailing etc. but also convenient to the tourist sites. This is our first time so we are clueless.