VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2012) - Lara Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:LRA) ("Lara" or the "Company"), is pleased to report that based on the very encouraging results from the 2011 field programs, the Company has added 15,000 hectares in new claims to its 100%-owned Sami Gold Project in the Ayacucho and Huancavelica departments of southern Peru. Including the recently announced Isy option agreement, the Company now controls an area of approximately 50,000 hectares of mineral rights, within which its teams have outlined 17 gold-silver targets associated with high and low sulphidation alteration assemblages, with quartz veining, siliceous bodies, hydrothermal breccias and oxidized stockworks.

Mr. Andre Gauthier, President of Lara Exploration, commented: "The more work we do at Sami, the better it looks and we look forward to reporting in more detail in the coming weeks once all the 2011 results have been compiled."

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About Lara

Lara is an exploration company following the Prospect Generator business model, which aims to minimize shareholder dilution and financial risk by generating prospects and then exploring them in joint ventures funded by partners. The Company currently holds a diverse portfolio of prospects and deposits primarily in Brazil and Peru where it has signed agreements for fifteen joint ventures. Lara's common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "LRA".

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Contact Information:

Lara Exploration Ltd.
Chris MacIntyre
VP Corporate Development
+1 416 703 0010